Innovation: George Rickey Kinetic Sculpture
South Bend 2009 - 2010

Lesson 3: Thinking about color, texture and reflections
Grades: all, depending on the leading questions
Resources: (1) More
pictures of Rickey sculptures; (2) Three 30 second videos of the sculptures

    Possible Questions
Can you describe the colors of Rickey sculptures?
How does the texture affect what you see?
What other objects do you know that have textures like or unlike the Rickey sculptures?
How do you produce different textures?
What is your favorite color? How many different colors are there?
What is the difference between mirrors and non-mirrors?

Teacher help:
Besides color, there are lots of qualities of surfaces that can be brought into the discussion
- shiny, opaque, metallic, rough, flat, mirror, etc;
Hands-on group work - Groups can make models which illustrate their favorite textures, or, for example, include many different textures with the same or different color - or they could just collect objects and classify them according to texture and/or color.
Making multiple mirror models is always exciting, and illustrates reflections
Summing up the experience: Whole class discussions
Discussion about the differences and similarities of the results
- how they affect our view of the models.
Extensions: Discussion of different ideas in art (this could be from a historical perspective)
At the higher grades, you can include ideas of what light is, and how the eye detects light.

Some Standards
Sc.1.1. Students are actively engaged in exploring how the world works. They explore, observe, count, collect, measure, compare, and ask questions. They discuss observations and use tools to seek answers and solve problems. They share their findings.
Sc.8.7.6 Recognize that and describe how symmetry may determine properties of many objects, such as molecules, crystals, organisms, and designed structures.
M.4.4. Students show an understanding of plane and solid geometric objects and use this knowledge to show relationships....