For the Grade 1s and 2s, my entry level lesson into the world of 3D was creating pendants that you wear around your neck.
We start of by having a basic discussion to flesh out what they know about the difference between 2D and 3D objects. We talk about each of the three dimensions, and how that it is depth that makes an object 3D.
This is where, admittedly, the project of the lesson is a bit of a cheat. The lesson is more one on design that it is 3D modelling. This lesson asks the student for a 2D drawing, not a 3D object. That 3D part of it, I do myself, which I will explain in a bit.
I used the fact that the students were already familiar with the Adobe Illustrator Draw to get them to come up with a design they thought would look good as a model. They had the choice to design it tracing existing artwork or doing it “freestyle”. The idea is, all they need to do is draw the outline of the object. The rest would get filled in with just a push of the finger. The video below demonstrates:
I explained in my last post about how I got the students to vote for their favourite designs in each class. Even though the winners were the ones to be printed out, I extruded all the designs to be viewed in a 3D space. I’ll go into how I included 3D objects in the student portfolios in a separate post. This process is done using Photoshop. The process is extremely simple, as you will see, but time consuming when you have to do it for just under 200 students! Given that the students work in pairs, that’s 100 models. Next time around, I will only do this for the Grade 1s and think of a different project for the Grade 2s.
See the video below for the process of creating a 2D drawing into a 3D object using Photoshop.
Next time we look at turning the students into sculptors!