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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:   •

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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:          

AP Sarah  

Advanced Placement Unit Plan

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