This was a grade 9 group assignment I did last year. I will do some version of it again this year. The project incorporated so many things that I feel are important in art: imagination, exploration, experimentation, problem solving. I love the idea of students telling stories through art.
The project actually started in my mind as an abstract expressionist painting: a fun and rambunctious change of pace from some pretty tight and controlled painting that we had just finished. I was inspired by the work of Terry Winters and wanted to have bold lines as the major compositional elements. At about the same time I was thinking about cross-section illustrations and cool science textbook geological cross-sections showing the different layers of the earth. The two ideas started cross-pollinating in my head and I started thinking about the compositional lines as tunnels. The project bloomed from there. My assignment sheet is below followed by the work that was created for the project. Note: These paintings are HUGE! If you click on the images they will appear larger in gallery view.