WORKS > Art Education

Grades 10-12
Lesson: Zoomorphism
2012

Overview:
Students research the term “Zoomorphism” and discover the ways in which zoomorphism is utilized in contemporary visual culture/ media. Students critically respond to numerous types of zoomorphic creatures found in contemporary visual culture/ media, including the work of artist and developer Jim Henson. Students create blueprint models of their own 8” figurine of a “zoomporphic” figure. Finally, students create 8” Paper Mache modeled figurines of their zoomorphic creature.[Elements: Form, Scale Discipline: Drawing, Paper Mache, Sculpture Artist: Jim Henson]

Objectives:
• Students critically respond to numerous types of zoomorphic creatures found in contemporary visual culture/ media. (Standard 3)
• Students will actively engage in the process of creating blueprints for their own zoomorphic figure, and then using those developed drawings as a tool to create a 3D model of the creature by use of Paper Mache.(Standard 1)
• Students use Paper Mache to create sculpture by creating their own natural adhesives, paper pulp, and priming tools. By using the blueprints as a guide, students develop form in their sculpture by discovering new ways of building parts of the sculpture body. (Standard 2)
• Students will develop an understanding of how to create a 3D model by scaffolding an original idea, then moving to design, blueprints (front, side, and back of model), and finally forming sculpture from 3D media. (Standard 4)