Activity: The Changing Landscape Maze Book
In this activity, you are going to take your first steps in altering a landscape. By experimenting with a simple form of polyangular perspective and folded planes you will transform a plain sheet of paper into a three-dimensional object.
TIP: You may want to practice folding and cutting a plain sheet of paper before you fold and cut your final drawing.
You will need: A table or flat space upon which to work, a plain sheet of paper, scissors, a pencil and markers.
Step 1: The Landscape
Using a pencil and markers, draw a landscape on both sides of the paper. Use thick, distinct lines to mark the horizon line. Create depth by making items in the foreground larger and items in the background smaller—experiment with lines and angles to create polyangular perspective!
Step 2: Fold the paper. Follow the diagrams below to fold your paper. If you need to read the instructions, they are outlined below the pictures
2A Take the paper and lay it down vertically in front of you. Take the top edge of the paper and bring it down to the bottom to fold it in half until the edges and corners line up. Crease the paper and then unfold it.
2B Turn the sheet so that it is horizontal (wider than it is tall) and fold it in half again from the top down. Crease and unfold. When you unfold it, you should see four squares.
2C Fold the top edge of the four squared paper down until it lines up with the middle crease. Do the same with the bottom edge: bring it up until it lines up with the middle crease. Unfold the sheet.
2D The unfolded paper should now have 8 rectangles. Fold the left and right edges toward the center until they line up with the middle crease. Crease and unfold
2E You should now have 16 squares total!
Step 3: Cutting the 2-D plane
3A Place your drawing horizontally in front of you again. You should see three distinct creases running vertically on the sheet.
3B Using scissors cut up along Crease 1 at the edges of the first three squares. STOP RIGHT BEFORE YOU CUT THROUGH THE FOURTH SQUARE!!! Repeat the same process with Crease 3. DO NOT CUT INTO CREASE 2. When you hold up the paper, it should look like the letter M with a fat middle.
3C Turn the M upside down and cut along CREASE 2 in the opposite direction of your other two cuts—STOP RIGHT BEFORE YOU CUT THROUGH the fourth square. You should now have what looks like a regular M or two pairs of pants that are connected at the middle legs.
Step 4: Folding the paper and creating the planes. When you hold up the paper by one end, it should look like a zig zaggy paper snake. Carefully fold the sheet beginning at one end of the snake and fold it like an accordion. When it is completely folded, you should have a small book about 2” x 3” big. You can add covers if you would like by gluing construction paper or cardboard cut 2” x 3” to each end of the book.
Step 4: Change the Landscape!
Fold and unfold your book in different ways to create large and small landscapes. Create valleys, mountains or skyscrapers by arranging your book on a flat surface in different ways.
SIQUEIROS AND THE WORLD AROUND HIM
SIQUEIROS AND INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS
SIQUEIROS AND COSMIC LANDSCAPE
SIQUEIROS AND HIS USE OF ALLEGORY
THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE MAZE BOOK