Building a 3D castle for an art project can help students to learn about the architecture and design features of different styles of castles, such as turrets, drawbridges and towers. Using a range of materials illustrates the wide variety of items an artist can use to create a beautiful work of art. Implementing the use of recycled materials allows students to create completely "green" model castles.
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Things you need
- Large square box (same perimeter as the pizza box)
- Pizza box
- Tissue box
- Mail tube
- Egg carton
- Selection of small boxes
- Paper cup
- Masking tape
Reinforce the seams of the large box with masking tape. With a pencil, mark on the box a drawbridge with a large window above it, windows on either side and doors. Then cut them out. This will become the castle's keep.
Cut a rectangular tissue box in half, so that the opening acts as a door and cut out small windows. Cut several pieces of the cardboard into a turret shape, then tape them to the top of the tissue box turret bases. Tape the completed turrets to the front of the keep, one on each side.
Place newspaper inside a large pizza box before taping it shut to add weight to the base. Tape the keep to the pizza box base. Cut a section from an empty egg carton and tape it under the window above the drawbridge to act as a balcony. Cut a paper cup in half and tape this half over one of the side windows, creating a veranda.
Draw windows onto two mail tubes--cardboard tubes from inside wrapping paper or kitchen roll work just as well--then cut them out. Decide where on the keep you are going to situate the towers, then tape them in place.
Fold newspaper to create an arch around the main door. Tape it in place, ensuring the drawbridge can still open and close. Attach a piece of string on each side, running from the arch to the drawbridge.
Cut a cereal box to create a mezzanine on the top of the keep. Tape it in place and then select a round box or container--a Pringles or peanut tub is ideal. Cut a door and windows in this round tub and tape it to the mezzanine.
Cover all the joints and seams on the model castle with masking tape, then paint using a grey acrylic paint. Mix a darker grey paint and use a small square sponge to apply this darker shade to the walls, creating a brickwork effect. Cut out a circle of dark grey or black paper, cut it in half and roll each half into a cone shape to attach to the top of the mail tube towers.
Tips and warnings
- Encourage each student to create his own coat-of-arms and flags to decorate the castle.
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