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)
This powerpoint goes along with my Fantasy Weapons lesson papers. It discusses not only the functional use of a weapon but also the artistic critique of the design. I use many examples from popular movies and much of the lesson is meant to be a class discussion lead by the teacher. As a designer, a person that makes fantasy weapons for television or movies not only has to worry about the function of the weapon but also the artistic design (materials, elements of art, fantasy qualities, etc.) The good thing about fantasy weapons is that they can be very exaggerated and not full realistic. This is the chance for students to design something new that has never been seen before but still keep them motivated by linking it to something they already love. They can design something for their favorite video game, movie villain, etc. Fun lesson with a fun project!