Historic Town Buildings

By Dambrauskas, Paula | School Arts, November 1999 | Go to article overview
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Historic Town Buildings

Dambrauskas, Paula, School Arts

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Adams Town Library, sixth grade students at Adams Memorial Middle School created dioramas of eighteen important historic town buildings Most students created their own model for a separate town building during the five week project. A shoebox served as the basis for the scale model of their buildings. Students were taught how to add on to the shoebox to build a second story or roof.

Each student was assigned a building to research before going on a field trip to look at the local buildings. The trip, along with their research notes, photographs and sketchbook assignments, assisted the students in preparing for their dioramas.


For this project, the students were expected to:

* develop observation skills in order to duplicate architectural details in the construction of a model

* develop an awareness of the town and the environment

* develop an increased awareness of painting and design skills

* research and write a short description of the historical features related to the building selected

* have an increased awareness of members of the community who have contributed to the historical significance of the town

* create and write out invitations for the celebration

Recording History Visually

Additionally, students made sketchbooks and completed a series of sketchbook assignments, including photographs and drawings of their building. They learned how to construct a three-dimensional model. Prior to doing this project, students were involved with the study of Greece and Rome in both the art class and the classroom. Because of this, they had a background in architectural terms such as frieze, pediment, and types of columns.

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