Data Sculptures—Visually Representing Data
Students will explore 7th-grade science concepts by studying weather data and learning how to translate that data into a three-dimensional sculpture.
Different data sets include snowfall, river levels, fire data, etc. Students will assign a color and a shape or form to each different piece of data. They will then sculpt each type of data using paper sculpture techniques. When finished, students will have a sculpture that communicates their chosen weather data visually.
- Students will explore a variety of weather-related data sets
- Students will identify color, shape and form as elements of art
- Students will translate their chosen weather data into visual representations of color, shape and form
- Students will demonstrate a variety of paper sculpting techniques
- Students will write a three-to-four sentence statement about their artwork
Basic Lesson Outline:
- Introduce the Project and share slideshow
- Students will review and select their data set
- Students finalize their data translation plan on brainstorming worksheet
- Students are introduced to a variety of paper sculpting techniques and begin sculpting
- Students will be introduced to a variety of attachment techniques and continue sculpting
- Students display their work and artist statement, give feedback and discuss
- Pencils and erasers
- colored pencils
- paper in various colors
- grocery bags to hold sculpted pieces in between days
- glue sticks
- heavy paper to mount sculpture (cardstock)
- PowerPoint slideshow
- Brainstorming worksheet
Idaho State Learning Standards:
Arts and Humanities: Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work
- VA:Cr2.1.7a: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design
- VA:Cr2.3.7a: Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas
Arts and Humanities: Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work
- VA:Cr3.1.7a: Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format
Science Objective: Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects
- Subject area language: data, data set, weather, observation, translation, variables
- Art Language: Sculpture, form, shape, color, 2D, 3D
Student Use of Vocabulary:
Students will use the words when creating their sculptures, when writing about their work, and when discussing their projects.
Students could work in pairs or independently.
Day 1 – Introduction
Introduce the project through the slide show.
- Show students the work of artists who use data as the inspiration for their artwork
- Engage students by encouraging them to critically think and ask:
o How could you translate numbers into art?
o What might that look like?
- Introduce the project goal of creating a sculpture that visually communicates their weather data. Finally, begin brainstorming and go over expectations.
Day 2 – Artmaking
- Students will finalize their data translation plan
- They will be introduced to various paper sculpting techniques and begin to sculpt pieces of data
Day 3 – Artmaking
- Students given tips for attaching sculpted papers to paper base
- Students continue sculpting
Day 4 – Artmaking
- Students continue working on their sculptures
Day 5 – Artmaking
- Students continue working on and finish their sculptures
Day 5 – Presentations
- Students will title their work and write artist statement paragraph
- Students will display their artwork and artist statement and participate in a gallery walk where they will observe each other’s works and give feedback to at least two of their peer’s work. Class discusses what they observed in their peer’s work
- Share the work of data artists
- Show a brief history of paper art around the world & other paper artists
- Introduce planning/sorting data
- Share data sets
- Composition tips
- Paper sculpture techniques
- Composition review
- Attachment techniques
- Project check-In
- Artist statement question prompts to help students write their own artist statement
- What is your sculpture called?
- What colors did you use in your sculpture? Why, what do they represent?
- What do the different shapes and forms represent in your sculpture?
- How does the arrangement of your sculpture (the composition) help to communicate your data?