shadow box imaginary worlds and a playground for a flea

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shadowbox_stageinamagicalforestWhere is your imaginary world?  Is it a chocolate lake with a sugar beach, cotton candy palms and licorice vines?  Perhaps it is in the middle of a volcano, with molten lava rivers and bizarre rock formations that must be scaled, jumped, and climbed.  Through imaginative play, we journeyed to our own imaginary worlds to determine the setting for this artwork.

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Each child deconstructed and transformed a cereal box, decorating it in layers to create a background, middle ground, and foreground.

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We explored paper sculpture techniques such as quilling (or rolling), folding, and creating tabs to make things pop-up.

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Building dimensionally in layers was the challenge for most students, resisting the temptation to just glue everything flat on the background.

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playgroundforafleaMy overflow project: a playground for a flea.  Students build upon their new paper sculpture skills, this time in a fully 3-d format, building from the ground up.

For more shadow box art, see my earlier post, Shadow Box Art Books.

2 thoughts on “shadow box imaginary worlds and a playground for a flea

    • Thanks! I don’t see my lesson plan for this project but the gist was to work with the concepts of background, middle ground, and foreground. We sketched, then built the box out of a cereal box, and then worked from back to front. Good luck!

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