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Re: architecture ideas

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Kenneth L. Poos (klpoos)
Sun, 10 Aug 1997 19:27:39 -0500

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Chaney wrote:
> Kara Lee English wrote:
> >
> > Dear All,
> > I am looking for ideas on using architecture in the art classroom at
> > any age level. Do you have any great web sites, or lesson ideas or
> > crerative uses for teaching art by using architecture?
> > Thanks,
> > Kara English
> > kenglish
> Kara,
> I do a project with 7th graders. I got the idea from Arts and
> Activities Magazine, but don't remember which issue.
> It is a cardboard art project that is an excellent follow-up to an
> introduction to 17th and 18th century colonial American Architecture. It
> reflects characteristics of the saltbox, and Cape Cod home styles.
> We first brainstorm over different possible colonial buildings that
> could exist between the years 1650 and 1750. Possibilities could
> include: a church, school, tinsmith, blacksmith, carpenter, doctor's
> office, barber, potter, general store, saw mill, jail or town hall.
> Students pick different ideas so that we end up with a village. We
> avoid a town with 12 jails.
> First preliminary drawings show each side view, front view, and back
> view. No specific scale is used. The overall building size of 4" long
> x 3" wide x 5" high must be considered.
> Student create the building shells with thick clean corrugated
> cardboard. Each side is built and glued onto a cardboard lot. The roof
> sections are applied as soon as the base is dry. When the main shell is
> stable, a chimney, lean-to's or back sheds may be added with more
> cardboard.
> Decoration is applied next. We discuss texture. Windows, doors,
> shingles, shutters, bricks, siding, etc are added using thin cardboard
> from shoe boxes, cereal boxes and gift boxes.
> Play sand can be mixed with white glue to simulate cement or succo.
> Natural rocks can be applied to chimneys, paths, and roads. Sawdust can
> be mixed with white glue to simulate a grass texture for the lot. (Ask
> shop class for dust). Toothpicks are great for window frames. Macaroni
> letters can be used to make store signs, usually with the creaters name
> in the title. Small twigs are good for a wood pile. The ideas are
> endless!! All materials are firmly glued with Elmers.
> Next the entire project is painted with black acrylic paint. This may
> take several class periods. EVERYTHING MUST BE COVERED. When dry gold
> paint is lightly brushed over all of the 3-dimensional surfaces. The
> more textures used the more dramatic the look. The artwork looks as if
> it was created in hammered and welded metal.
> We then arrange the projects to create a village at the art fair.
> Student adore their projects. Any questions feel free to ask.
> Melissa Chaney
> Midway R-1
> K-12
> Cleveland, MO
Here is another one for you and not me. Sandy Poos

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