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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Monster package design

Created on June 26, 2015 by msmeyers

Inspired by: Students create monster creatures out of polymer clay and focus on package design in a collaboration with Kindergarten and First grade students.

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6 sessions; 60 minutes per session

SWBAT create a three dimensional form from a two dimensional drawing.
SWBAT use polymer clay to create a model.
SWBAT use color theory in regards to package design.
SWBAT use typographhy as it relates to package design.
SWBAT collaborate with elementary students.
SWBAT use strong craftsmanship.

1. Sculpey white polymer clay (8lb package was enough for ten sculptures with some extra clay)
2. Oven
3. Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
4. Small paint brushes and water
5. Carboard
6. Plastic reused packaging
7. Glue (I recommend tacky glue)
8. Computer for typography references
9. Kindergarten or first graders equivalent to the number of high school art students (ours was ten)
10. Drawing pencils
11. Tempera cakes (for younger kids painting their drawings)
12. Clay tools

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1. Have the kindergarten and first grade students draw two monsters (one on the front, one on the back) using basic shapes and paint with tempera cakes one of the monsters. Make sure they put their name on the paper!
2. High school students choose one of the monster to recreate. They draw in their sketchbooks using pencil, visualizing the creature in three dimensions, (front back and side drawings).
3. HS students create the sculpture of the monster in three dimensions using Sculpey using clay tools. (General rule is less than five inches tall/wide)
4. Teacher bakes the clay in an oven.
5. HS students paint their sculptures with acrylic paint, using the drawing as a reference.
6. Teacher introduces package design, specifically color theory and typography to the students, using the computer as a resource.
7. Students cut cardboard for a background and select a reusable plastic container to create a "blister pack" effect.
8. Students painted their backgrounds to create the complete package.
9. HS students took their artwork to the elementary students as a surprise.

I cannot take credit for this project, I saw how Ian Sands did it and filled in the gaps. It was extensive process, but the reaction from the kindergarten/first graders when the high schoolers handed them their own projects was incredibly powerful!

Balance, Form, Proportion/Size, Unity/Harmony

Acrylic, Mixed Media, Sculpture