Today, the students pretended to time travel to the Middle Ages with kings, queens, princes and princesses’. The students were taught the technique of “assemblage” or as the students pronounced it, “assem-ba-logee”. Using this technique and their imaginations, the students glued materials like foam, jewels and fabrics onto a piece of cardboard to build their own castles.
Each student took a different approach to building his or her castle. The biggest challenge for the students was using only the assemblage materials provided. This encouraged the students to work more three-dimensionally. (Two-dimensional work would be considered collage, which the students applied in an earlier lesson.) Without the ability to simply draw a castle, the students had to critically think about how they would construct a castle and then apply the technique to their piece.
Whether they were making a “diamond kingdom” or a “wacky castle”, the students were engaged with the variety of materials and the new technique.
When students finished their castles, they were challenged to build their castle using wooden blocks. Many of the students decided to build castles together and combine aspects of their individual assemblage castles.
After all the materials were put away and the classroom was clean, Stephanie gathered all the students on the rug for a discussion and reflection about they day’s work. Each student took a turn talking about one “cool thing” about their castle.
Another day of successful time travel took the students to medieval times! Where will they travel next?