Shadow Box Project

Ninth and Tenth Grade students in East High School's Art Craft Class made "Narrative Shadow Boxes" using colorful card stock paper and exacto blades. They learned the basics of foreground, middle ground, and background to help create a feeling of depth in their compositions. Each cut paper layer was separated by a wedge of foam board to help generate shadows.

After the students completed their Narrative Shadow Box, they went to work on creating a geometric version. The geometric shadow boxes had a minimum of three layers, with a different pattern on each each layer. Students focused on creating patterns with big and small shapes and made informed color choices for their box's paper layers.

Student Work