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UWCSEA Gr7 Art - Unit 2 -The Constructed World

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“The Constructed World”

(9-10 lessons)


Enduring Understanding: Art is the product of process (materials, methods, sources) and an expression of its medium.


Guiding Questions:

  • What is sculpture? What materials can be used? What makes a good sculpture?
  • How can artists represent the architectural world through their art?
  • How is space (relief) considered as integral to a sculpture?
  • How do we develop and improve our work?

(If doing as a group project:)

  • What does collaboration look like?
  • (In what ways can we work together effectively?)


At the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  • develop an awareness of sculpture, alternative materials & approaches
  • research, plan and develop ideas for an architectural sculpture
  • construct an architectural sculpture
  • utilise aesthetics/design in sculpture
  • develop sculptural craft (attach, score, fold, utilise texture etc)
  • If done as group work: collaborate, negotiate, plan & construct a sculpture within a group





Lesson 1 - Pre-Assessment

Pre-Assessment Task:

Using paper or card, construct a small, free standing shophouse with as many details and aesthetics as possible.

You may subtract and/or add paper. You have 45minutes.


Self-assess construction. Unit info handout here.

Overview of unit.

Set up Google Drive Folder.


Homework: In your sketchbook, address these questions:

What is sculpture? What materials can be used?



Lesson 2 - Discovery: You have a challenge. How will you approach it?

Homework review: What is sculpture? What materials can be used? 


Discussion: Take 3 minutes to individually to think about this question: What makes a good sculpture?

Share your thoughts with your table. Document your answers in your sketchbook.

Be prepared to share them with the class.


Project task: You are an architect. Singapore is looking to create a new creative development of housing and stores/shops.

They wish to integrate the traditional and the contemporary.

How can you include your own vision into the design?

How elaborate or innovative are you willing to go?

You will construct a building (home, shop) out of cardboard.

Your structure should demonstrate careful thought and careful construction.

You will need to investigate and research what type of building to create, as well as what aesthetics you will include.

This will also form part of your assessment.

How can you include texture, ornaments etc? How can you utilise the cardboard?

You will be assessed on investigation and construction skills.

Your structure should be between 20cm and 40cm. If you wish to venture out of this size, please consult your teacher.

You will not need to include all four sides of the building.

View rubric.



Identify the task by stating the requirements. 

You have a challenge. How will you approach it? What steps could you follow to be most effective? Write these in your book. 

What do you need? 

What do you have to do, or need to be successful?


What do we need to investigate first? 

How do we begin to classify Singaporean homes or shop houses? 

Begin gathering images of Singaporean homes. 

What locales may prove beneficial to look into? 

How can we find these images? What resources can we use? 

What search terms may prove useful?

Gather images to include in your sketchbook, then note any common characteristics they possess. Title it “Common Characteristics”


Homework: Continue gathering images to use as inspiration. These should be in your sketchbook.


Lesson 3 - Interpretation: You learnt something. How will you interpret it?

Warm-up: Compare and contrast the following two buildings:




How would you describe Singaporean homes or shop houses? 

You learnt something. How will you interpret the task?

View Mr. C's cardboard house examples on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/frankcurkovic/paper-architect/ for some possibilities.

How can artists represent the (architectural) world through their art?

What type of building will you create?

Can we gather inspiration from outside of Singapore homes? Where/what? (fairy tales, gingerbread homes, victorian homes, castles, famous architects, etc.)

Begin creating draft designs. Sketch out elements you like that you could include in your design. This forms part of your assessment.


Homework: continue sketching out ideas.



Lesson 4 - Ideation: I see an opportunity. What do I create?

Present your sketches to a group.

Gather feedback on how to improve your work.

Continue experimenting with designs if you need to. 

Begin finalising your design. What will the measurements/proportions be?

You may look at your photos to see how this is broken down.

Carefully consider this, as you do not want your windows ending up too thin.

This should be full page.


Homework: Have your sketch ready for the next lesson. You will be creating a paper model similar to the pre-assessment task.



Lesson 5 - Experimentation: I have an idea. How do I build it?

You have created a design. Now it is time to test your idea out.

Today you will create a demo model for your design using paper, similar to the pre-assessment task.

This is for you to discover any difficulty you may have before using cardboard.

This will hopefully, improve your design as well as your construction process.

To save time, you may focus only on the front face. If you wish to make yours standing, feel free to do that too.

It does not have to be very large. 15-20cm is fine.

Some items for you to consider are:

  • How should I begin? What should be my first cut? How can I cut/construct using cardboard efficiently and making it strong?
  • How will I create decorative elements?
  • How can I use layering to create interest in my work?
  • How will I join/add pieces securely?
  • Will my ideas transfer to cardboard easily? If not, how can I overcome this?


*Remember to consider texture, though this will be easier with the actual cardboard.

You have the entire lesson to work. Please be productive. This tasks purpose is to eliminate future problems.


Homework: finish model if haven't done so. Be prepared to share it in the next lesson.



Lesson 6 - Evolution: I tried something. How do I evolve it?

Present your model to your peers.

How can we develop and improve our work? Gather and record feedback. 

Reflect on what you have created:

What was done well?

What needs to be improved?

Make notes on what you will change to your design.

Have your final design and measurements ready for next class.



Lesson 7/8/9 - Construct

Begin constructing your piece.


Homework: Attend an Open Art Studio session if required.



Lesson 10: Present

Present your model to your peers.

Self-assess your work.


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