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Re: [teacherartexchange] Get them hooked: Paper sculpture/ line design Lesson


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Sep 16 2006 - 09:44:04 PDT

This sounds great! Please send pictures, as I'm not exactly sure what
they're supposed to look like. I love the idea of going from 2-D to
3-D, though!


On 9/16/06, Julie Jacobusse <> wrote:
> One lesson I did that looked great in the halls and administrators loved:
> Grades 3-5:
> Materials:
> 9x12 drawing paper or Bristol paper
> Markers
> Sharpies
> Pencils
> Scissors
> 9X12 Black Drawing paper
> Procedures:
> Talk about different types of lines with the students and draw them on
> the board while discussing. (If a student mentions a circle-that is a
> type of line, a continuous line-another name for a circle-students found
> that interesting.) Show teacher example of how to draw big open shapes
> with sharpie on 9x12 paper. They should be organic shapes that are
> closed and connect together-they should fill up most of the paper.
> Shapes that are smaller than a quarter do not work well-they have to be
> able to draw different lines and patterns inside them. Next step show
> them an example of big open shapes with different patterns, and
> different lines in each of the shapes. (Many students like to just
> color in each shape a solid color, discourage that-it does not look as
> interesting.) Lastly show them the example of a paper sculpture that is
> stapled to the black paper. Students then write their names of back of
> white 9x12 paper in pencil and then use sharpies to draw big open shapes
> on paper. (If students use markers to write their names it bleeds
> through.) Next, they begin using colored markers to make different
> patterns inside the shapes. Each shape should have a different pattern,
> and use different colors. Once the design is complete, they cut around
> the perimeter of their designs out of the 9x12 paper. They then chose
> 3-4 spots and cut into their designs leaving about 1" between the cuts
> to keep the whole design as a solid piece of paper. I stapled one spot
> of their design onto the 9x12 black paper. I then moved the design
> around and asked the students if they wanted it to go up, or down-and
> began stapling the cut pieces around making a 3-D sculpture out of a 2-D
> design. (I found if the students did the stapling, they had a lot of
> problems with it.) Students loved the looks of their paper sculptures,
> so did their teachers and the administration. They look interesting
> hanging on the walls. One other option-you can laminate their designs
> before stapling to add strength to their sculptures, or use the bristol
> paper if you have it. (I actually laminated my teacher example so it
> would remain durable to keep for other lessons.) I just used regular
> paper and it still worked well.
> Enjoy,
> Julie Jacobusse-Georgia
> PS~I will take some pictures of the sculptures and send them to people
> who are interested.
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