For the fourth lesson, students will be introduced to the idea of anthropomorphization. After observing how contemporary artists (Annie Montgomerie, Nemo Gould) are using this concept in their work, students will create their own anthropomorphic object in the form of a clay sculpture. Students will begin their ideation by imagining what one of their favorite objects would do if it came to life. What would it look like? How would it move? What would it do? While working with clay, students will be introduced to several building techniques, including slab and coil building. After completing their sculptures, students will be introduced to artist statements and write a basic version for their piece. The lesson will conclude with a “gallery walk” so that students can observe the work of their peers.
How Students went from 2D to 3D
From watching how the students transformed their drawing into sculptures, it was clear that they understood how to make something going anthropomorphic. We asked a few students how they made their object come to life. This student said, "I gave him some shoes, a mouth and eyes". This student was very able to demonstrate her understanding of the concept.
These three images show the before and after of two different student projects. What is great about these is that the students decided to collaborate and make two creatures that would be friends. One student created and anthropomorphic MP3 player (named Emily because it sounds like MP3) and the other student created an anthropomorphic boom box. The two created a story that connected them and talked about how much "they love dancing together and listening to music"