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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Shadows from Outer Space

Phyllis Burstein
with students at Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago

Challenge:
Students make cardboard shapes and cut-outs in order to create shadows to photograph

Materials: digital camera, cardboard, scissors, (Optional- utility knives, tape)

Process:
• Students are given a theme such as outer space. After brainstorming, they make cardboard cut-outs of objects and beings, 6"-12" in circumference.
• Students form small and/or large groups to create shadows with their cut-outs against walls and other surfaces.
Behind the scenes
• One student or the teacher photographs the scene created with the shadows.

Lesson Expansion:
• Students can go outside or create shadows inside using bare light bulbs, flashlights, or flashlight app on a cell phone.
 •A variety of prompts could be used to create scenes. Consider ways to reinforce a lesson (like a science lesson about leaf shapes or animals) or promote a school event such as a school dance or sports competition.