This lesson acts as an introduction to creating 3D artwork and to the concept of relief style artwork. It is meant to be taught to 8th graders and no younger because it does require the use of xacto knives. Each student is given a cardboard slab and they are tasked with carving into the cardboard to reveal the different layers beneath, creating a relief. The project can be modified for older or more advanced students by adding (gluing) more layers of cardboard together and requiring the students to use each layer, overlapping their gears and creating a foreground and background.
Since students are required to use xacto knives in this lesson it is VERY important to demonstrate the proper handling and cutting techniques when using them. (I outline this in the lesson plan) It is also a good idea to take up inventory before and after class to make sure that you received all of the knives and that none of them made their way out of the classroom.
This lesson incorporates a Prezi Presentation in it and I have found that it is a much more interesting and effective way to present new information to students. Powerpoint slides get boring after seeing them being used in classrooms over and over again to present new lessons and you can just see students start to glaze over by the 3rd or 4th slide. If you don't use or haven't heard of prezi give it a quick google and you will find how it can make a more dynamic presentation.
8th grader's lesson:
~Include 5+ "gears" of various sizes
~Must use all 3 layers of the cardboard (frame=foreground, gears=middle corrugated= back)
~Must include 3 or more colored gears
8th & Up:
~Include 8+ "gears" of various sizes
~Must use all 5 layers of the cardboard (frame=foreground, gears=middle corrugated= back) and gears should overlap
~Must include 5 or more colored gears
Here is a break down of the resources that I have included in this lesson:
Lesson Plan- This has the lesson broken down into easy to understand steps and includes a list of materials needed and approximately how long the lesson should take to introduce.There is also a section explaining how to accommodate to students with IEP's.
Prezi Presentation- At the top of the lesson plan is a link to the prezi presentation that i created, you will need an internet connection to present it or you can download it to be used offline (just ask and i can instruct you how to do this). The prezi introduces ancient and contemporary reliefs and the concept of foreground, middle and background.
Rubric- I pass this rubric out at the beginning of each lesson so students understand what they will be graded on and what is expected of them. If you'd like to adapt the lesson to more advanced students have them include, values, shadows, 10+ buildings and other small details in their city. The rubric is front and back and only takes up half a sheet of paper, it also has a self reflective part at the end for students to fill out. Students should turn the rubric in with their finished project and I will put their final grade on it and return them both.
Handouts- There are 3 gear templates included in this lesson, print them off on thick paper and cut them out so student can use them to trace their own gears on their projects. Their is also an included handout with frame examples for student's to reference, it serves as a good reminder that their are many ways to create a frame.
Student Examples- There is a folder with 7 student examples in it and they range from beginner to advanced and some projects are in the middle stages so you can see what the process looks like. These are nice to show the students so they can see what is possible by looking at the different colors, techniques and patterns used on their frames..
* ALL documents except for the handouts are in Word "doc." format so they can be tweaked and edited to your liking.