What Makes a New York Building Art Deco?
Art Deco Architecture: Structure and Design
Vocabulary of Art Deco Architecture Handout
What Makes a New York Building Art Deco Video Recording
What Makes a New York Building Art Deco PowerPoint
What Makes a New York Building Art Deco Script
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As it is likely most of the students will not have a working knowledge of the Art Deco era, nor the features of Art Deco architecture and design, this lesson provides basic knowledge, basic Art Deco vocabulary, and tools to recognize some of the most identifiable features of Art Deco architecture and design.
Documenting Deco Online: 9 – 12
What Makes a New York Building Art Deco Video Recording
You can preview the video recording for this lesson below. However, when implementing the lesson as a group with your students or as an individual activity, we recommend using the video page at ArtDeco.org/Documenting-Deco-9-12-Video, as that page contains just the video and not your lesson plans.
Arts Activity lesson plan
Six Art Deco building Templates
Suggestions of arts and crafts materials
Recap video of features that make a New York building Art Deco
Four example videos showing artistic methods that students can use to create their own Art Deco buildings
Video showing how you can combine your students' work into the class Deco Dream City
Suggested Arts Materials and Supplies:
Students don't have to have all of the materials and supplies listed below to make their Art Deco buildings. These are just some of the materials that we use in our video examples. Feel free to encourage students to use other arts and crafts materials that you think they may have.
Printed building template(s) or drawing paper if students prefer to draw their own buildings
Coloring supplies such as pencils, markers, crayons, pastels, pens, and/or whatever materials they like to use when drawing and coloring
Colored construction paper, wrapping paper, old magazines or newspapers, and/or whatever collage materials they wish to use
A ruler or straight edge to help draw straight lines, Art Deco patterns, and/or geometric shapes
Liquid glue, a glue stick, and/or clear tape
Materials that sparkle, like loose glitter, glitter tape, glitter glue, rhinestones, or even extra buttons
Shiny materials like aluminum foil, chewing gum wrappers, or metallic foil papers
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Arts Activity: Deco Dream City
Now that students have a good understanding of Art Deco design, the goal of this lesson is to encourage students to apply these visual elements to their own creative processes.
If students choose to make a 3-D building, they can use any empty box or carton waiting to be recycled, such as cereal boxes, shipping boxes, milk or egg cartons, even empty paper towel or toilet paper tubes.
Recap of What Makes a New York Building Art Deco
If you would like students to have a refresher on the design elements that make a New York building Art Deco, you can have them watch this short recap video. You can preview the video recording for this lesson below. However, when implementing the lesson as a group with your students or as an individual activity, we recommend using the video page at ArtDeco.org/Documenting-Deco-9-12-DreamCity, as that page contains just the activity videos and information without your lesson plans.
Students can look at 4 example videos that each use a different artistic method to create Art Deco buildings. These videos are not step-by-step how-to tutorials, they are just examples meant to inspire your students. You can preview the video recording for this lesson below. However, when implementing the lesson as a group with your students or as an individual activity, we recommend using the video page at ArtDeco.org/Documenting-Deco-9-12-DreamCity, as that page contains just the activity videos and information without your lesson plans.
Drawing and Coloring an Art Deco Building
Collaging an Art Deco Building
Making a 3-D Art Deco Building
Making an Art Deco Building Digitally
Making your Deco Dream City
You can make your class Deco Dream City using a simple, free online tool, called Canva. We recommend watching the full Canva video below to get an idea how it works. Once you have finished watching the video, click here to be taken to the Canva website to create your own Deco Dream City. This video includes a step-by-step how-to tutorial on ways to import your students' buildings so all of the buildings can be grouped together. You will find tips on the many creative tools you can use in Canva to decorate your group’s Deco Dream City. You should decorate your Deco Dream City using the colors, patterns, and words, that you like.
We'd love to see your Deco Dream City!
If you'd like to share your creation, please email it to us at Info@ArtDeco.org.
The Documenting Deco online program is provided with funding and support from a generous contributor in addition to:
This program would not have happened without the assistance of many individuals who contributed their time, talents, and knowledge to make it possible. Many thanks to architect and photographer Richard Berenholtz, who inspired Documenting Deco and shares his vast experience with students participating in the program; Judith Spokony, who brings more than thirty years as a New York City educator to creating the teaching guide and student materials; television producer Pamela Kawi who has contributed her talents overseeing all our media; Damian Cavalo for videotaping Richard Berenholtz’s interview; Sandra Tansky for her careful editing and helpful suggestions; Christine Stoddard for her exceptional development and implementation of this program; and David Fuchs for his assistance.