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March 16, 2020

FOUNDATION PROJECT #3: Paper Model Making

By Stephanie Silverman 

The following post is a continuation of the March Monthly Mentor series "Designing Sequential & Scaffolded Studio Experiences to Deepen Learning and Optimize Technical Skill Acquisition" which feature a series of thematically connected lessons from my high school Architectural Design course. Each post includes an overview of lessons beginning with introductory exercises in form and design, through to the finished culminating project, an original scaled architectural model.

Introduction to form, space and volume

100 points (5 studies at 10 points each)

I then ask students to experiment with paper and Bristol board to create a series of form/structure studies in paper. The purpose of this assignment is to work with form and discover the potential of paper as a three-dimensional model-making material, without a specific objective. By removing any specific outcome (other than investigations that address specific model-making approaches), this “low-stakes” experience allows students the freedom to experiment, play and discover. Many of the small paper studies created during this phase often function as inspiration for the final model.

Assignment: Create one paper form for each of the following five categories: 

 - An enclosed (solid) paper form involving curves

- An enclosed form created through scoring and folding

- A form created by repeating one basic or simple element, resulting in a complex system (can have openings or be completely enclosed

- A paper structure created with slotting techniques

- One of your own ideas (can be from a category above)

CRAFT/TECHNIQUE: You may need to make several mock-ups or explorations before creating your “final” five designs. Your finished studies should be clean, crisp, and well executed, with no visible pencil or construction lines or messy glue seams.

3-16-20n post-Paper Studies

3-16-20 paper studies post image2

Check back on Monday, March 23 for the third lesson in this curricular unit.

- SS

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