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Strong Shapes

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Description

Students will use drinking straws and chenille stems to create 3D geometric shapes. They will then combine these shapes to make a structure that will support the weight of a sketchbook at least six inches off the ground.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will make and experiment with the relative tensile strength of geometric shapes made out of drinking straws.

Students will, without a preconceived plan, combine geometric shapes to create a structure

The student's structure will be strong enough to support a sketchbook 6” off the ground.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Set out the challenge of making a structure that will support a sketchbook 6” off the ground using drinking straws.
  • Demonstrate how to make geometric shapes out of drinking straws and how to combine shapes using tape.
  • Monitor progress and assist as needed.

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National Standards


Create

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

VA:Cr2.1.Ia

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.Ia

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

45 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Drinking straws
  • Chenille stems
  • Scissors
  • Glue guns and glue
  • Sketchbooks

National Standards


Create

Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.

VA:Cr2.1.Ia

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.Ia

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Steps

Prepare

Cut drinking straws into various lengths. There should be a good number of same-sized sections. Cut the chenille stems into equal size pieces (about 3” each).

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Making Shapes From Straws

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Basic Sculpture Vocabulary

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