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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Spontaneous Statues

Phyllis Burstein
 with students at Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago

Challenge:
Athena & prom
Students use fabric, cardboard, and classroom items to create silhouetted statues.


Materials: scrap fabric, cardboard, scissors, tape, digital cameras

Process:
• In groups of 2 or 3, students are given prompts or choose them randomly. In this case: a Greek god and a school activity.
• Students cut out cardboard shapes, find objects,
and wrap one of the members in the group with fabric scraps.
Poseidon & cheerleading

• One student in the group photographs the model silhouetted against a window to look like a statue.

Lesson Expansion:
• Teach students about back lighting and exposure.
• Have students research someone from history.
• Have the students create a large group photo.

TIPS:
Apollo & studying
A sunny day works best.

Point and Shoot Cameras
(cameras without manual controls):
If there is a scene mode: choose "landscape", or "portrait"for a longer exposure to more easily facilitate the silhouette effect.

Cameras with manual settings:
Find the exposure for the lit area of the frame not the model. Stop down 2 to 3 stops, as necessary, to create the silhouette effect.