The DPEA Goes Green

The DPEA Goes Green

As DPEA juniors work hard as the first class to build the Moiré pattern light sculptures, they’ve added a new wrinkle.

Art teacher Diana Hemsley and Mr. Shaeer have decided to implement a new “green” project for juniors called “Zero Waste Sculptures.” These art pieces involve using trimmed aluminum pieces from the CNC Lathe that would normally be thrown away to make three-dimensional sculptures. The base of each sculpture has painted-on optical art which, according to Ms. Hemsley, “goes along with this year’s art unit on optical illusions.” In addition to incorporating this year’s curriculum into the project, Ms Helmsley hopes to get students to “realize that art is a lot of other things; not just painting or portraits.”

Another interesting aspect of this project is the task of incorporating the reused 3D cutouts with the base’s optical design so that, according to Ms. Hemsley “they feed into each other in order to make a unified art piece.” According to Ms. Hemsley, “The students can incorporate wire into their design, and even string to hang pieces. So there’s plenty of options.” She also said that these sculptures have real life value as well. “We are kind of treating them as kind of a mock sculpture for a large scale installation. So one of the things that the juniors are going to be doing next year is the Mechatronics, which will hopefully also become a public installation. So typically what you would do is present a mock drawing or a mock sculpture of what you want to install. So this is giving the students a way to experience creating a small scale sculpture that could actually be seen on a very large scale. It’s also really fun so far! I’m really enjoying it, and I’m hoping that all the students will also be able to see this as a fun project that they are going to enjoy as well.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern :Wiki link to Morie patterens.