Shadows can be used to both create depth and add dramatic effect to an area of a building or to create an interesting pattern on the floor/wall which will draw the viewer closer. Many architects use shadows to transform a simple room into a piece of art. In this activity, learn how to make a simple structure which is pleasing to look at with the lights on or off.
Step by Step
Use your guillotine or scissors to cut your paper into strips of varying widths and lengths (use the long side of a piece of A4 paper and make them between 1cm-4cm wide)
Begin rolling your strips of paper into different shapes. Check out the tips below:
1) wrap a piece of paper around a round object to get a perfect curl
2) wrap a thin piece of paper (around 1cm wide) around a thin object such as a pencil and continue at an angle to get the continuous loop
Now start experimenting with folding your strips of paper in differents ways!
To do it like the pictures below, keep on folding a piece of paper by around 1cm-2cm
On a larger piece of paper begin gluing the strips of paper down in any design you like.
Turn off the lights, place your creation in front of a blank wall, grab your phone torch, and start creating interesting shadows by moving it around your sculpture. Ask a family member to help hold the torch still so you can photograph the shadows.
Message from the activity’s creator Jack Loudon:
Please share your fantastic work by tagging me on Instagram @jrlarchitecture or sending me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share all of your hard work. I am currently creating a website (www.jrlarchitecture.com) launching shortly, where we will feature two new articles every week all written by other architecture students, graduates and full-time architects. Who knows; maybe even some of your projects will be featured!
I hope you all had as good a time making these shadow sculptures as I did and I can’t wait to see all of your projects. If you need any help then please contact me and remember to stay safe and have fun!