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Study the architecture of government buildings then create a suspended bas relief sculpture.
In most cultures, the architecture used to create important government buildings usually reflects the powerful positions of those who frequent the structures. To show this status, designers often use architectural elements, such as Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian capitols (tops of columns) that represent architecture in more formal times.
Students research the architectural styles of the Classical Period of buildings that originated in Greece and Rome. Capitols became more ornate with time: Doric, the simplest capitol, has concentric rings around the top of the column. The Ionic capitol has two scrolls, and is best viewed from either the front or the back, giving it a 2-D effect. The most ornate capitols, Corinthian capitols, represent layered acanthus leaves, and are viewable from all angles.
Use Crayola® Model Magic® to build a bas relief model of an important government building. Bas relief means a somewhat-flat model, with some sculptural elements built on its surface. This style was used to decorate the pediments (triangular areas under the peak of the roof) of ancient buildings such as the Parthenon. Include architectural elements such as columns and capitols in the design. Dry.
Cover a table top with recycled newspaper. Students color their architectural model with Crayola Washable Paints. Dry.
To support your sculpture so it can stand up, cut cardboard into two identical frame shapes with Crayola Scissors. Attach the pieces together with Crayola School Glue. Decorate one side of the frame with glue designs. Dry. Then decorate the other side. Dry. Paint the frame to compliment the architectural sculpture. Dry.
Use Model Magic to create feet for the frame. Form two slightly flattened balls, then press the frame into them and glue. Dry.
Use toothpicks or bamboo skewers as pivots to fasten the sculpture in the frame. Push the toothpick partly into the sculpture at the bottom, center point, then apply a small dot of glue to the point of entry. Do the same to the top center point. Immediately place the sculpture into the frame by pushing the toothpicks into the cardboard. Apply a dot of glue to the entry points on the cardboard. Dry flat.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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