Black History Month recognizes the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States. In honor of this month, this project combines black music, 3D modeling and laser cutting, architecture and sculpture. Students will convert a music visualization (2D bitmap) into a three-dimensional model using Inkscape, Tinkercad 3D and Slicer for Fusion360 that is turned into an architectural model or sculpture. The inspiration for the project is rhythm and pattern: the music of James Brown and the traditional African American quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama.
Total time: 90 to 120 minutes
Internet (for watching videos); projector/screen
For the image conversion part of the lesson:
For the 3D modeling part of the lesson:
For laser cutting and assembly:
Expose students to the concepts of syncopation, rhythm and pattern through listening to Brown's music
Watch PBS “How James Brown Invented Funk”:
After watching this episode, here is a key takeaway for discussion: JB let the rhythmic pattern drive his singing. How did he use rhythm in his music?
Compare/contrast music visuals with traditional African American quilt making