Firstly, can I just say; it is SO cold today, it really is NOT funny. Ok, moving on. Besides the blistering cold, today has also been the official first day of my school holidays! And guess what? I’m blogging about school related stuff. I’m hopeless. However, I am pretty proud of this idea. Here’s the last class activity I did with my year 11s before we finished up for the term.
Our topic is Sculpture and our theme is ‘The human body’. I needed a 110 minute idea for a lesson. Here’s what I came up with. I colour copied an image of the muscular body then cut it all up into as many pieces as students (14 in my case). I then gave each student a body part. It was all very Dexter, I must admit.
Each student then had to, only using newspaper, replicate the muscle texture of their part of the body. They could fold, scrunch, tear and cut the paper, ensuring that they emphasized the 3-Dimensional form of the muscle structures on a flat sheet of paper.
It was very much like putting together a puzzle and the kids seemed to really enjoy the challenge. They didn’t quite finish each piece, however I do have visions of putting all the pieces together and creating one giant muscular figure. We’ll see…
It’s become a custom in my household, that we watch a documentary over dinner. It usually involves going to ABCiview (great way of watching TV) and choosing something related to nature, history, science or art. Last week we stumbled upon How Art Made The World (I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen this before) and I suddenly I had found the perfect introduction to our Human Body theory unit, for school next term! The episode was entitled ‘More human than human.’ So fascinating, that I bought the DVD. So exciting (to teenagers) that they’ll fall asleep. I can’t wait!