The genre of sci-fi art and illustration has paralleled the technology and literature of the past century. Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim Correa's illustrations for H.G. Wells' “The War of the Worlds” introduced the idea of alien robots. Mid-century, Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot” stories and the beginnings of space exploration inspired many artists to dream of futuristic societies and alien races. In the latter part of the 20th century, with the support of popular culture, innovations in computer programming, and the imaginations of artists such as H.R. Giger, mergers of humans and machines became virtual and the terms "cyborg" and "biomechanic" were coined.
Starting with a dimensional outline of their own features, students use metallic foil, paints, and discarded electronic components to turn their image into science fiction selfies.
**GRADES 3-12** Note: Instructions and materials are based upon a class size of 24 students. Adjust as needed.
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