Print out shapes to examine lighting effects!

3D printing is pretty self-explanatory when it comes to art, and there’s no end to what you can do. Here are some ideas!

1. Print out basic 3D shapes and use them to demonstrate lighting effects from different angles. Students can practice drawing and shading with the models.

2. Print out replicas of busts or buildings for students to draw in class.

3. Have students draw or paint 2D images, then print out a 3D pop-up of the image. You can design the pop-up so that different colors are raised to different heights. This is a nice way to display pen and ink or charcoal drawings!

4. Make tools! With a 3D printer, you can create stamps, stencils, clay molds, etc.