SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

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decided to introduce architecture to students with a new point of view. Architecture and Joshua Smith I started with my traditional archi- tecture lesson, introducing specific architectural elements. We looked at famous buildings and named their parts. We also discussed how buildings are designed to convey meaning. For example, a build - ing with columns and a dome may signal that this is a serious place, or a revered place, whereas a Frank Gehry building with unexpected angles and curves might convey a sense of surprise or wonder. We then looked at the sculptures of Joshua Smith. His miniatures are particularly detailed as grime, graffiti, and decay are emphasized. His interest in the appearance of architecture shows how human activity changes the appearance of the building. This made a deep and immediate connection to my stu - dents who are surrounded by older architecture in their neighborhood. Sketching and Observing Students next sketched out their ideas for different types of architec - ture, making sure to use interesting shapes and details. At the end of the period, I asked them to go home and pay close attention to the buildings in their neighborhood, and especially to how human activity or age has changed a building's appearance. Cardboard Assemblage The following day, I provided stu- dents with cardboard in various Detail of collaborative mural showing different ways students created architectural elements. A student paints architectural details. 32 APRIL 2018 SchoolArts

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