a street in your community with a variety of building typesmain
streets work great! Go out on "location" and have each student
do a line "elevation" drawing of the façade of one
building on the street. Include as much detail as possible (get inspiration
by looking at some great architectural drawings). As students draw each
building part, ask them to think about the function it plays.
make the mural:
idea of this mural-making method is more like a collage than a traditional
mural where members of a class take turns crowding around on large painting.
Back in the
classroom after the mainstreet drawings are done, have students cut
out their buildings so that no background remains.
In the meantime,
prepare the background paper. Lay a large sheet of butcher paper (several
colors are available) on the floor. Assign a committee as the "town
planners." They will arrange all the cut-out art work on the mural
and decide if anything else is needed to complete the mural. They should
be encourage to overlap buildings or allow them to go off the page to
lend some realism to the mural. If necessary, they can ask classmates
to draw additional items like bridges, streetlights, extra buildings,
and other features. Some students may cut simple "foliage"
out of green construction paper to help the town planners fill in the
gaps between buildings.
Once the town
has been laid out, the rest of the class should be allowed to approve
the mural or offer suggestions. After the design has been approved,
the town planners can glue the pieces to the background paper to complete
background does not have to stay rectangular in shape--try cutting the
background into the shape of a hill or adding a river with paint or
sheets of cardboard instead of paper for the background and build your
city in layers. Then, display your three dimensional mrual by standing
the layers up behind each other on a table.
Paper Bag buildings
Cut arm holes
(4.5 inches in diameter) 1.5 inches from the top edge of the bag sides.
Cut a head circle (6-inch diameter) from the flat bottom of the bag;
add slits at the sides of the circle so the bag will pass over the head.
If the bag is not going to be worn, do not cut holds; stuff with crumbled
newspapers so you building will stand up for display.
details; use tempera paint or colored tape to block in big shapes; let
paint dry. Add details with markers or crayons. Three-dimensional details
can be added using construction paper, string, foil, or other found
materials. Finished bags can be worn, displayed standing up as 3-D "mural",
or re-folded for storage.
Heritage Supplement, Susan Donley, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks
Heritage Curriculum, Sue Neff, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks