Sunday, March 24, 2013

Miraculous Miniature Masterworks!

Finished miniatures were stored in small box lids . The miniature artwork ranged from modern art to multicultural jewelry.
My example in my hand shows the scale of the assignment. Work was drawn on small paper, then colored , cut out and pressed into the plastic cap.
This lesson was so much fun! The students were challenged to reproduce a famous artwork by scaling it down to a size that would fit inside a two inch plastic cap. We worked on a small white paper, tracing the perimeter of the cap to make a tiny circle.  I encouraged them to be as accurate as possible and they were required to draw in pencil first, then add details and the correct colors with colored pencils. We worked from small reproductions that I had saved and cut from old poster catalogues.  The kids had an easier time reducing the work to an even smaller and rounder format because of this. To amp up their interest even more, I borrowed plastic magnifying glasses from the science lab.  It was fun to see everyone looking at the original images and locating details and textures that were difficult to see without magnification! When the work was complete, we cut the
circular drawings out, taking slightly more off the edge to allow the image to fit snugly inside the
cap. We didn't even need to use glue. Some students went around the outside edge of the cap and 
added a line of colored sharpie marker. We also used the sharpie to write our names on the back of the caps. 
Students referred to small artwork examples cut from old poster  catalogues

Beautiful textures and tiny details were discovered while looking through  magnifying lenses!

   The students really enjoyed this activity and I liked watching them use their observational skills to match colors and compare proportions. I hope you enjoy viewing our work. Please leave a comment because I would love to hear what you think!


Genie Holt said...

Love your lesson plans! Our middle schoolers did the owl lesson and it was a great success. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Anderson Leitão said...

Great idea! Good for studying the midle age and the thumbnails in pages of books. Lovely! Congratulations from Brazil.

one little deer said...

Thanks for your comment, Genie! I am excited to hear that your middle school students enjoyed the owl lesson :)

one little deer said...

Nice to hear from you Anderson! The kids were really motivated to take a closer look! Sometimes we tend to make everything big...stepping back and working in miniature was a lot of fun :)