For any artist, the jump from 2D to 3D can be a difficult and daunting skill to attempt let alone grasp fluently. Now imagine the task of jumping from 2D to 3D then from 3D to augmented reality! That is exactly what the 3rd Form class, AR32, successfully did this Winter Term.
Each student successfully created an 'Augmented Reality Sculpture’ using their designs in their sketchbook as the starting point. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well it actually kind of was!
The students learnt the process of ‘extracting’ shapes from a previous artwork of theirs and turning those shapes into three-dimensional forms using a range of shading techniques. This was a difficult part for some students whereas some students grasp this process much more easily. Afterwards, these newly created sculpture designs were created in the three-dimensional modelling software ’SketchUp’.
The students really enjoyed ‘drawing’ in three-dimensional space then applying surface materials to change the look of their sculpture. Using this software was very useful for them grasping why we turned our shapes into forms as they understood that we were aiming to ‘communicate’ our intentions for how we want our sculpture to look.
Once our sculptures in SketchUp were complete, we exported them to the ‘Augment Software’ were we could edit the dimensions of our sculptures and then we had an Augmented Reality Sculpture! However, to link the process altogether full circle we used our pencil designs in our sketchbooks as ’trackers’ meaning that once the students pencil designs were scanned using the ‘Augment’ app the augmented reality sculpture literally emerged from the design.
These sculptures existed purely in augmented reality but you could walk around them and view them from all angles. If you wanted, you could also take the sculpture off the page and take it for a walk! A revolutionary method of creating sculptures and artwork as well as changing now artwork can now be ‘experienced’ and appreciated done first by the talented students of AR32.
Written by Martin Irvine, Art Teacher