When I wanted to build a couple of bird houses out of a load of old
cedar boards lying about, I went to Wal-Mart and bought three or four.
Then, I took them home and photographed and measured each, making
drawings as I went.
Then, I took the houses back to Wal-Mart and built my own versions.
I would think this would be a good exercise for woodworking shop -
might even tie it it with the drafting classes. And, if you want to
really expand the project, get the Art teachers involved.
When I was in High School, I took Drafting, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and
Print Shop as well as Art Classes. I recall creating a statue in Metal
Shop, printing a fancy label thingy in Print Shop and entering the
thing in the Art Show & Sale with a price of (what I thought at the
time - 1960's) was exorbidant - %75.
The damned thing was the third item sold!
I also recall printing up membership cards for some art students at
Northwood High for something they called the Davala Hates Me Club. It
seems Mrs (or Miss) Davala, their Art teacher was driving them crazy
drawing and painting Bamboo. So they wanted an appropriate card.
They gave me a couple of sketches of the bamboo and I created a
linoleum block print of a stalk of bamboo. When I "proofed" it using
black ink, I didn't clean iyt upp sufficiently. When I chucked the
whole thing up in the Candler & Price with the Chromium Yellow Ink, it
picked up a bit of the black residue along the left side of the image
and bled just enough to make the thing look like a four color process
as the green edges blended into the yellow body of the stalk.
They were some kool membership cards.