3-D Design

A one semester course that follows Basic Design where students explore negative and positive space as they work with various sculptural materials including wire, foam board and wood. Students will improve their building skills as they continue to use the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design.


This project involves creating a self-standing structure using armature wire and tissue paper. Students learn to use pliers to shape the wire into recognizable objects, figures in action and animals were also represented.  The pieces become solid as the tissue paper is added. Students research a famous monument or sculpture in a city of their choice and discuss their findings in class.


After researching roller coasters in various locations, students construct their own version using  foam board, recycled and construction paper, wooden dowels and glue.  Exciting loops and turns typical of rides found in amusement parks are part of the design.  The surfaces are enhanced with glitter in brilliant colors.  An oral presentation follows where specific characteristics of the roller coaster are discussed including location, maximum height,  speed, and capacity.


The structure is put together using foam board, tempera paint and “found objects” combining with an array of materials which fit a favorite theme. The project brings together all skills learned in both Basic Design and 3-D Design.