Lesson One: My Dream Home
In lesson one, we talked about what artists do, what they make, and why they make it. So we began where many artists begin: sketches. We sketched our dream home. This is where we started asking the important questions about why we make things by asking ourselves. So why did they make the house they did? Where is it? Why did you add the elements you did?
Lesson Three: Architects Build
This was our lengthiest lesson. We did a lot of refinement, but mainly focused on turning our homes into a reality through use of 3-Dimensional materials. It was most time intensive because this was the actual building portion which includes the home from clay, painting the home, the environment of the home (paint and found objects) and revision plays into this as well. Some of our sketches didn't have many things going on around the home, so we decided to talk about stories and creating the narrative of what goes on in our dream homes. From there manifested many more ideas of what to add into our new buildings.
Lesson Two: Planning like an Architect
In this lesson, we talked about creating multiple drafts and about how the first run of things may not be the best. We did this through monoprinting. We would make a fresh new draft of our homes on a piece of plexiglas and then attempt to improve on it or in some way make it different in our future prints, considering a monoprint allows only one copy of that print.
Lesson Four: Let's Build a City
In our final lesson, we added in the element of collaboration. Now that we have our dream home, we must create our "Dream city" so to speak. In this lesson, the students learned about what goes into a city, what makes a city run, what types of buildings need to be there, and then they created those things as a team. From there, we created a blueprint of an entire town, and formatted our homes in a way that would make everyone excited to live there if it were real life.