As the first quarter of school comes to a close I like to have the last lesson for my Art classes be 3D in nature. Now when you the techie person thinks 3D I am sure you are thinking of movies and those crazy red & blue, (now polarized) types of glasses. This type of 3D is actually an optical illusion trying to simulate the effects of 3D on a 2D surface, the projection screen.
Check out the First 3D video shot in space (you will need 3D glasses to view in 3D)
3D Explained: Courtesy of How Stuff Works
” In a movie theater, the reason why you wear 3-D glasses is to feed different images into your eyesjust like a View-Master does. The screen actually displays two images, and the glasses cause one of the images to enter one eye and the other to enter the other eye. “
For Red & Blue 3D Glasses:
“The red and blue lenses filter the two projected images allowing only one image to enter each eye.”
For Polarized 3D Glasses:
“Two synchronized projectors project two respective views onto the screen, each with a different polarization. The glasses allow only one of the images into each eye because they contain lenses with different polarization”
Now that you have a bit of history of how 3D movies work, lets talk about what type of 3D our 6th & 8th grade students are working on presently. In 6th grade I was inspired by Native American Coil Pots which can be used for water pitchers. I noticed that when students work with clay, the class is quiet as they are very hyper focused on creating something 3D. They first started with a section of clay, rolled it into a ball then used the palms of their hands to gradually make a coil. Once their coil was made they first made a base, then built up the walls of their pieces adding creativity as they went (circles, shapes etc.). Our older 8th graders created a hybrid animals inspired by Salvadore Dali’s Elephants, which are a combination of an elephant with insect like legs. They started off creating a wire frame, added newspaper to build the form, then added paper mache, lastly painted to give the animal character.
To further inspire the students I showed them the creative Genius of Alexander Calder and his Circus, which was composed completely of wire.
Check out some of the works in progress. And check back soon for some Giacometti inspired sculptures.