A diorama is a three dimensional replica of something like a historical event, nature, city or made up world. These can be used to showcase for the purpose of entertainment or education.
In the 19th century they were often used as a showcasing tool for theatre:
This one is of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
I took all the above images at the National Gallery in Prague- but unfortunately didn't get all the information regarding them.
Here are some shots of my youngest making a replica of a Torah story (his idea).
We always use recycled material and things we find around our house.
Usually the project is done over the course of a few days and is continually added to and played with-
We made a large scale city last summer which the monkeys played with forever.
This summer we are planning on making a forest diorama with found objects (chosen carefully to preserve nature) from a trip we have planned.
We are also going to make dioramas of a scene from a favorite book we are reading this summer.
Questions to consider while creating:
Make a plan, tell a story, what is your intention to showcase? Draw a plan or outline.
What materials (medium) are we using to create?
What types of art genres use found objects or recycled objects? (most commonly Assemblage but also Found Art, Junk Art and a fairly new term is Up-cycled Art)
Could this be considered a sculpture? (yes- it is three dimensional art)
Do you enjoy making dioramas?