Submitted by: Julie Jacobusse,
Austin Road Elementary in Stockbridge, Georgia UNIT: 2D - 3D Design - Line and pattern Lesson: Line and Pattern Design Paper Sculpture Grade Level: Elementary (grades 3 to 5)
1. Students write their names of back of white 9x12 (23 x 30.5 cm) paper in pencil and then use Sharpies to draw big open shapes on paper (see fig 1). If students use markers to write their names it bleeds through. Avoid small shapes (see fig. 2)
2. Use Colored Markers to make different patterns inside the shapes. Adjacent shapes should have a different pattern, and use different colors. For unity - similar patterns and colors can be repeated. (see fig. 3)
3. When design is complete - cut around the perimeter of the design. (optional - laminate before this step).
4. Select 3-4 areas to cut into the design - leaving about 1' between the cuts. Design should remain as one piece. 5. Cut along the lines of the design.
6. Staple the design to black paper in one location.
7. Move the design around - pushing it up and down - and staple making a 3-D relief sculpture from the 2-D design. Students may need help with the stapling. (see fig. 4)
8. Critique finished work. Look at examples of 3-D design sculptures - contrast and compare. Frank Stella would be a good choice.
Objectives: students will
Create patterns - repeat colors for unity
Understand organic shape
Show awareness of design principles - art elements
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.)