Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pencil Transformation

My high school students did this at the beginning of the school year and I thought it would be a good idea to share.  I got this idea from the book called From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Art & Design Problem Solving by Ken Vieth. 
This lesson is pictured on the cover of the book and discusses the transformation of something basic like a number 2 pencil.  My students had to come up with an idea to draw something using only the shape/idea of a regular pencil.  This was difficult for them to wrap their heads around at first, but once they got started, they come up with some pretty cool stuff.

Here are a few examples.

I am definitely going to use this idea again.  I think it would also be interesting if students made a sculpture similar to these drawings with real pencils, cutting them and putting them together.

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