An exploration of human body systems

Essential Question:

How do the human Body's systems work together to balance active bodies?
Why are bodies shaped the way they are?
What is the relationship between the different parts of the body?

Project Description and Required Components:

    In Art class, students will create a three dimensional wire and plaster sculpture of a body in motion. They will research images of a person doing a physical activity of their choice, and use their picture to create a sculpture in the round representing their chosen activity. The statue will then be painted and mounted.
    Using their knowledge of the Human Body's major organ systems, students will compose a detailed explanation of the different systems that the figure in their sculpture is using while doing this activity, how those systems are used, and how they work together to keep the body functioning and healthy.

Standards, Strands, Skills (Students will learn, do): 
  • Students will visually identify organ systems on their sculpture
  • Students will identify the functions of the major organ systems of the body
  • Students will describe homeostasis, the body's ability to maintain a constant internal environment despite changing external conditions.
  • Students will write an explanation of how organ systems interact to maintain life (homeostasis).
  • Students will expand the repertoire of 3D art processes, techniques and materials, with a focus on constructed forms.
  • Students will create 3D representational artwork from direct observation, that demonstrates an understanding of scale and proportion.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to organize and complete projects, and produce work that shows an understanding of the concept of craftsmanship.

  • Visual Identification of organ systems on the sculpture
  • Written explanation of how organ systems interact to maintain life
  • A correctly proportioned figure sculpture showing a realistic pose in a recognizable physical activity.