Unit Description

Transforming Space-¬†This unit explores three different kinds of space, personal, living/private, and public/shared. These spaces are associated with relative norms and sometimes rules, that which can be altered by an artist’s design. Students will be adapting the use of technologies like 3D modeling software (Rhino, GoogleSketch Up), 2D modeling software (Adobe Illustrator/equivalent), and will have access to tools to help them plan or create their transformations of space (laser cutter, 3D printer, vinyl cutter). Students will be designing their transformations from a range of approaches of their choosing. They will examine artists such as Nick Cave, Dalton Ghetti, James Turrell, Richard Serra, and Claes Oldenburg.

Prior Knowledge

Prior knowledge required for this unit includes:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Good understanding of expressive features and characteristics of design.
  • Basic photography
  • Measurement and Scaling with ratios
  • Sketchbook knowledge (thumbnail, basic planning)

Fit in Curriculum

This unit was created for high school students based on the Colorado State Arts Standards. It would best suit an intermediate group of art students, potentially in the sculpture setting/three-dimensional design.


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