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On Sun, 10 Aug 1997, Kenneth L. Poos wrote:
> 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