One of the first themes I assigned was "Opposites". I gave students a brainstorming sheet to help them get started.
We are going to be exploring the idea of “Opposites” for our next project. To begin, brainstorm a list of words and their opposites. The words can be adjectives like heavy and light or they can be more abstract ideas.
1st Word Opposite
Choose one pair and decide how to use it
Pick the opposite pair that is most intriguing to you. Brainstorm ideas on how to use those in an art project. Your project could be 2D or 3D. The choice of media is up to you.
Opposite pair: Heavy and Light
Idea: Make a sculpture of an elephant (something very heavy) out of feathers (something very light) so that the sculpture is almost a contradiction.
My idea Describe your idea with words or thumbnail sketches. Present ideas to Mrs.Morris before beginning. Use the back of the paper if you need more space.
Fire and Ice- the student used the same profile but flipped so it was like two versions of the same person.
Young and Old- the student superimposed a photo of her grandparents' wedding onto their mirror using Photoshop.
Heaven and Hell- fiery background to represent hell and tissue paper angel wings to represent heaven. Another student also did heaven and hell as almost tourist attractions but I somehow missed taking a photo of the painting.
Chaos and Calm- someone taking a relaxing bath during a zombie apocalypse. There are some little perspective issues here but the idea was interesting.
Rich and Poor- the student had the idea of constructing a mansion out of trash. There was just a ton of detail put into this project, even windows cut from some sort of packaging plastic.
Thi sproject was originally going to be Life and Death but it turned into positive and negative or black and white.