Creating Spirit Animals: Sculpture 1B’s Design Challenge

The Sculpture 1B artists were given a design challenge: construct his or her spirit animal out of cardboard and transform their person in some way. Students merged math and art by generating paper prototypes that helped them brainstorm the best strategies to design a simple, yet beautiful form. Some students chose to transform their heads, while other students chose to wear their pieces on their arms or fingers. While looking at the constructions during their final critique, students recognized that this project leads to deeper thinking about bicycle helmet models and other athletic protective gear, such as football helmets and catcher’s masks. Students loved the independent nature of this project, and realized that simplicity in good design is key.

– Ascha Drake, Visual Arts Faculty