May 30, 2023 | Melissa McCallihan
It has become a tradition for finishing the year of science with an engineering design project. Something that makes the students think outside the box and also use art and engineering together to create something useful and beautiful. The first year students worked on designing a ramp for our school. Last year I stumbled upon a project that used architecture, cardboard and furniture. The focus was driven by Frank Gehry’s corrugated cardboard chair that became a decorating success. Still today these chairs are collector’s items. But that is not what Mr. Gehry wanted for his life. He wanted to be a well known architect. Now at 94 years old, his buildings are highly regarded and rewarded. You may recognize his work.
Here are few pieces they created:
This year, inspired by an exhibition at the MET, students will base a building design on an artist’s focus. For example the MET exhibition focuses on the cypress trees in Van Gogh’s work.
Other artist recommendations are Rembrandt and his self portraits, Monet and gardens or Yayoi Kusama and polka dots. Students will use a medium of their choice and can work in collaborative groups. Students will share as a gallery walk on June 15 in the afternoon teams, starting at 12:40 and ending at 2:30. Email me if you’d like to attend.