Unit Title: Imaginary Lost Wax! Enduring Idea: Throughout time and across cultures artists have used the lost wax method to develop priceless works of art that are still visible today, and now it is our turn. Course: Advanced Placement Level ELO: •
Work from observation to represent three dimensional form with technical authority, accuracy of proportion, and depicting the illusion of volume in responsive ways. Demonstrate creative problem solving through the production of art that investigates formal and conceptual art problems. Analyze ways in which artists interpret ideas, solve problems, reflect and lend relevancy to their times.
Essential Questions: • • • •
What is lost wax? What is an imaginary creature? What would you need to think of and altered reality and how could you create one? What is the process of the lost wax method?
Exemplar Artists: Ward Elicker http://youtu.be/16VP_gkTysI Objectives: Artists will be able to…. • • • •
Carry out the process of the lost wax method of sculpture with proficiency. Create a completely new imaginary creature in the lost wax method. Dig deep into their problem solving skills. Develop an articulate description of the ins and outs of their imaginary creature without difficulty to his/her fellow AP classmates.
Materials: Oil based clay, cooking spray, aloe for burns (hope it doesn’t come to this), assortment of woods pieces, foil, plaster, found objects, and carving/power tools. Procedures: 1. Teacher will demonstrate all techniques involving the wax and power tools, all actions must be done with the teacher’s approval first and foremost.
2. Drawings must be submitted for approval to make sure no one has included anything that would be inappropriate for school settings. 3. Students will mold the oil based clay into their creature, when done the creature more have some type of rod or pole attached to it for dipping in the wax. 4. Before students can dip their creature in the wax it must be cooled in a refrigerator for a day (or two if needed) so it does not melt in the hot wax. 5. When wax is thick students will carefully remove wax in sections to get a good mold, then re-‐melt the edges together and poke holes to not allow air into dried plaster. After sitting for a few hours remove wax. 6. TA-‐DA! You have your plaster creature completed in the lost wax method of sculpture. Assessment: • •
Students will be evaluated on their effort and attention to the requirements of the assignment. As extra evaluation students will present their creature to the rest of the class on the spot coming up with a 10 minute story about the creature and why it looks the way it looks.
Evidence of Prior Knowledge: