In this Grade 3 unit of inquiry, we explored the wonderful shapes and forms of Isamu Noguchi. Building on our previous inquiry into color and color schemes, students created 2D abstract compositions using an analogous color scheme. We also explored how 2D forms can be transformed into 3D ones.
Students began by selecting a range of analogous colors from colored paper, cutting out abstract shapes, and arranging them into a composition on each side. We were looking at how we create balance and rhythm in our compositions.
Then, we cut our pieces to transform the 2D compositions into 3D sculptures. Due to the fact that the sculptures had legs, the students referred to them as creatures, which livened up the project a bit. The "creatures" were installed in a hallway by the school atrium.
Our final step was to draw the completed sculptures using a different color scheme and adding a contrasting background. This was a great project to allow the students to explore color and color relationships in a variety of forms.