An art teacher friend of mine always joked that my projects usually had something that "popped up". She would share her lesson ideas with me and then without fail I would say, "What if you made this part raised there, or layered another piece here..." She was right; I do have to fight the urge to build out surfaces, or add extra materials to create depth. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. For this lesson I chose to follow my instincts and I hope you enjoy seeing the results as much as I enjoyed teaching the lesson.
|Here I am in front of a large bulletin board in Room 9; it features a collection of finished relief sculptures hung together closely so they appear to form one large project.|
In fact, we would test out this concept like a scientist tests a hypothesis: would it be possible to flatten out a 3-dimensional work of art? The students were excited to see if they could "fool" the viewer into thinking that their art was a flat painting rather than a relief sculpture. We set out to see if we could "keep it flat" by creating a composition of horizontal and vertical lines, geometric shapes and colors without value shifts.