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Lesson Plans

RE: Real Life Art

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Sears, Ellen (
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 21:44:24 -0400

What about design problems?
Not necessarily drawing, but more three dimensional -

Architecture as sculpture, types of bridges or skyscrapers. There are two
great books that my husband has been using with science, and I've been
planning to use with art... I don't have the titles handy, but you would
know them if you saw them, black and white photos - the books are tall
(skyscrapers) or long (bridges) - great facts. You could use them for
planning and then as a resource after the students start. It's funny, but
many of the activities that would be appropriate for science classes are
some that I started with in my college sculpture class (100 matchsticks -
build the highest tower to support the most weight...).
You could start with simple materials - cardstock or index cards, bamboo
skewers (cut points off), glue... and then introduce others tools and
materials (drills, saws, hammers - wood, wire etc.)

Or mobiles and stabiles...
Or machines/ movable sculptures - gears, pulleys, belt drives, cam shafts
etc can all be made with cardboard and junk (empty containers, spools

Any type of material challenge - everyone starts with the same materials and
then shares at the end, explaining the design process.

All of these things can be done from K on up.. I have yet to see a person
that really didn't like to build with their hands, especially when they
start tinkering - great for group work too. Just enough movement that you
can control with the activity.

If you are close to Louisville, KY - I have a wonderful person with great
stuff that does school visits to share- and will work with groups too.