3D UNIT I: 2D to 3D

Project IC

 Form Follows Function

Damian Stamer, Spring 2003


formal: To introduce the differences between the two-dimensional picture plane and three-dimensional volume and structure.

conceptual: to explore how different meanings (or functions) can be supported by varying formal relationships and design.

Project Overview Your challenge is to create a three dimensional volume from a single sheet of paper that is both self-supporting (i.e.stands on its own) and holds or presents a hollow egg.

Project References


Pablo Picasso, Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Nevelson,
Vocabulary two-dimensional, three-dimensional, form and content, positive and negative space, ground plane, connection, fasteners, formalism, iconic



construction paper, paper fasteners, raw egg, needle or pin, paper cup.


1. Before coming to class, review the thematic concept of Art and Technology as found on the website. Also read the discussion "From 2D to 3D" for Unit I. Review the Project References above.


a) experiment with different methods of folding, fastening, texturing, your paper.
b) blow out the yolk of an egg. (hint: shake the egg first to break up the yolk.Use the pin to put holes in both ends of the egg. By blowing on one end of the egg the yolk will come out the other.)


Create a three dimensional volume that is both self-supporting (i.e.stands on its own) and holds or presents the blown egg.

Critique Ideas


When you have completed your sculpture, divide into small groups and exchange artworks with another group from the class. Within your group, work together to respond to each sculpture in turn. Consider the following

1. Describe the techniques for creating "paper/egg sculptures" your fellow artists used and explain how various problems were addressed (design, function, response to problem, etc.).

2. Point out any personal symbols the artist used to indicate a particular meaning.

3. Discuss ideas the artwork seems to communicate. After some sharing of interpretations, attempt to state the "message" of the design in one sentence. (This artwork is about. . .)

4. Explain how the shapes, symbols, or other elements of the design support its message.

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