Innovation That Complements Traditional Practices

In their visual arts class, 8th Graders have been introduced to Adobe Illustrator and laser cutting through a unique project that incorporates design and creativity with traditional art mediums. Students began the project with an introduction to graphic design through the use of Adobe Illustrator. After identifying a single word, students were asked to graphically depict the meaning of the word through text manipulation and corresponding shape creation. The results of this work were then cut and etched into wood using a laser cutter. The second phase of the project asked students to sculpt two figures in wire to interact with each other to further illustrate the meaning of their chosen word. These figures were then wrapped in masking tape and covered in traditional papier-mâché techniques to give the wire sculptures form and dimension. The finished pieces are dynamic examples of how innovation can complement traditional practices.

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