This lesson was designed for one of my classes that I call “Life Design”. I wanted to make a class that was built entirely around the concept that art is everywhere. This class not only promotes the relevancy of art and design in every part of our everyday world but it also promotes how important it is to learn the basics and build upon them to improve your artistic skills. Every lesson that I teach within this particular class is a vocation that students could use their artistic skills for a living. (Movie makeup, car design, illustration, fashion, tattoos, toys, video games, magazines, graphic design, theatre design, jewelry, comics/graphic novels, culinary arts, fantasy weapons, and murals)
These papers go along with my Fantasy Weapons powerpoint. They include a lesson plan, a two page reading material handout, the grading rubric for the student project, and an assessment paper for students to critique real life weapons and make fantasy modifications to them. For this project students will design a fantasy weapon of their choosing. They must not only think about the functionality of the weapon but also the aesthetics of the design. This was a very fun lesson that my students really enjoyed. Most of them chose to invent a new weapon going along with something that they already liked like a new gadget for Batman or a new gun for a video game. They can pick any time period, abilities, materials, etc. Fun!