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With Mark Foard + Rachel Ward


May 15-19.

mysterious sculptures. changing face of the buddha. visit to the maker space.

We will continue researching the "mysterious" sculptures we encountered on our campus Sculpture Scavenger Hunt last week. We will be completing an assignment to investigate its identity in four parts using Google Reverse Image Search and The Met collection. Like the 5 Silk Road objects we researched last week, we will start to notice how the morphology (shape/appearance) of the Buddha changed as it passed through different countries and cultures. Ask yourself: how did the face, body and carved/painted symbols change as these sculptures were carried West by Buddha's followers (such as Govinda)? We are doing this in preparation for the 3D Buddhas that we will design and print in the Maker Space over the next two weeks.

Ancient Ruins


May 16

We will continue working on our Sculpture Scavenger Hunt assignment. Our goal is to identify the sculptures we encountered on campus that we were not able to identify. This assignment is presented in four-parts on Blackbaud. But, to begin, we watched a 5 minute video on the BC and BCE dating system.  


May 16

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt continued. Assignments presented in four parts. We will be working on them in class this week and at home. All assignments and links are posted on Blackbaud.

part one.

UploadA photo of one "mysterious" sculpture. 2 points.

IdentifyGoogle Reverse Image Search. 10 points.

part three.

ResearchThe Met Collection. 5 points.

DescribeThe identity of your sculpture. 15 points.



May 17

Today, we will read the article from the New York Times together about another mysterious sculpture — a gold-colored Buddha sculpture. We will then look at an article from the Met that describes the meaning of the symbols and hand gestures in Buddha sculptures (see articles and resources below). Lastly, we will complete the Buddhist Symbols Worksheet with a partner in class. Class co-taught by Mae Bird.

Graded Worksheet: The Symbols in Buddha Sculptures



May 18

Today, we will visit the Maker Space during advisory. Mr. Donovan will give us an overview of TinkerCAD for designing 3D models and the process of 3D printing. During class, we will take a vote on our next "30-min field trip" — we will do this on campus on Wednesday.


May 19

Today will be a double section of English class, but please complete this short assignment based on what we learned in the MakerSpace yesterday. This worksheet (link below) includes instructions on designing your first 3D model in TinkerCAD (using their predesigned "food" objects). This is the first step in our software training as we prepare to work with a 3D Buddha model next week. 

Graded Homework: Buddha Junk Food. TinkerCAD.

materials this week.

meaning and iconography in Buddha sculptures.

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