Par for the Course: Students Design Their Miniature Golf Course Sculptures While Considering Functional, Technical, and Communication Elements
Vassil, Darlene, School Arts
Designing an eighteen-hole miniature-golf course is not the typical end-of-the-year art project, but at Winfield School it's "par for the course." Students anxiously count the days to the first day of miniature golf, courtesy of the sixth-grade art classes.
Students approach the designing of their miniature-golf-course sculptures by considering the following ideas:
* Tunnel and decorative sculpture are joined as a single piece.
* Easy to transport. Entire sculpture can be carried by one person.
* Structure of armature is strong, upright, and balanced.
* Golf ball has enough room to move through the tunnel/hole unobstructed.
* No ramps.
* Outdoor elements (wind, uneven pavement) are considered.
* Armature is an appropriate size and strong enough to support papier-mache.
* Layers of papier-mache are built up to create a durable structure.
* No loose, shaking, or breakable parts. Entire piece is well-crafted.
* Papier-mache application is smooth and even.
* Final layer provides a ready-to-paint surface.
* Painting and decorative details are attractive.
* The idea is clear and identifiable.
* Idea has visual appeal for audience.
* Elements have visual appeal for intended audience.
* Finished product implies fun.
Countdown to Mini-Golf Day
Day 6: I demonstrate the process of papier-mache sculpture and the use of recyclable household items for armatures: boxes, baskets, plastic bottles, etc. Teams of four or five students brainstorm ideas and plan armatures for their golf-course sculptures.
Day 5: Students bring in found materials for armatures and make final decisions on the designs for their sculptures. Each team is given a cardboard mailing tube that will serve as a tunnel through the sculpture for the golf ball to pass through. In some cases, the tube can be split in half lengthwise to form a gutter rather than a tunnel. …