My junior high students loved a unit on pop art. We studied the artwork
of Warhol, Lichtenstein, and others. Students created HUGE (3' high
min.) paper mache objects. They painted with acrylics. This project
was a hit.
I have also done a project where we study 19th century architecture.
Students build a store from this time period. (general store, dame
shoppe, broom maker, jail, bank, candle shoppe, blacksmith, etc...).
The building is made from corrigated boxes all cut up. Buildings stand
about 1 1/2' tall. We add lots of texture. Shingles from cardboard,
sawdust grass, gravel roads, twigs for woodpiles, toothpick fences, ABC
noodles for signs. We paint the entire thing with black acrylic. We
drybrush copper acrylic on top of it all. The whole project takes about
8 weeks and ends up looking like a copper/tin building. VERY NICE
look!!! The project is from "Arts and Activities".
Students at this age level are very different from high school. Keep
them buisy or discipline will become a problem.