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Lesson Plans

2D to 3D

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Tue, 1 Dec 1998 09:27:59 EST

A great artist to use in studying this concept (2D to 3D) is Frank Stella. He
literally did this in his experimentation with form. I had fourth graders
(just this week) study his progression from flat geometric paintings to his
relief paintings of multiple organic shapes via slides. We also discussed the
concept of representational art vs nonobjective art. We used opposites to
discover the feeling in Stella's work. For his series of paintings on race
tracks, for instance, we asked: is this painting loud or quiet? safe or
dangerous? fast or slow? boring or exciting? Are the forms straight or curvy?
(This idea is from the National Gallery of Art Activity Book) I told the
students the art work was made of metal and was associated with a sport. The
students guessed race car driving immediatelyThe students then created a
nonobjective painting (lines, colors, shapes and texture creates the feeling
and associations--we have previously discussed cool vs warm colors, organic vs
geometric shapes, straight vs curved lines, etc.) When the paintings were dry
we did paper cut-out and sculpture with them by gluing them onto a background
paper. The student experimented with going off the background paper (like
Stella) and creating 3 D forms by the way they cut and glued the paper. They
were very creative. As a followup, we put dozens of opposites on the board.
They picked the words (5) which best gave the feeling of their art work. Some,
of course, thought of words not put on the board earlier--great!