Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Diorama Party

I'm very excited about one particular Holiday party that I plan on attending next weekend-- the Second Annual Christmas Diorama Party/Contest. If you don't remember from your grade school art days, a diorama is, according to Webster,

a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are
displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic
painted background

My roommate and I hosted the party for our friends last year, and it was quite a bash! I even took third in the contest. The theme was "Christmas Vacation," so I made a two-dimensional evening ski scene in a very foxy shoe box. This was, by the way, a small feat for me given my lack of artistic ability-- just ask my students!

Now I'm getting geared up to score big in this year's contest with a "Christmas in Cinema" theme. There are only two rules in the contest: the diorama cannot be a model (we had some issues with that last year from our architect friends), nor can it use pyrotechnics (don't ask!). I pretty much have my idea nailed down; it's just a matter of making it a reality. I'll have to keep you posted.

Let me ask you this, my fellow bloggers: If you had to create a diorama with this year's theme, what would you create?


alissa said...

i want to come!

Miss H~ said...

You could always participate via phone! :)

Don said...

I'd go with something out of Scrooge if I wanted to go old-school. (Or maybe a Mr McGoo Scrooge?) Something Grinch might work too. That's all I got. (Or a Simpson's Scrooge, they've done it all! Their dog is Santa's Little Helper.) I'm eclectic!

Miss H~ said...

fantastic! Or perhaps a diorama of all the different versions of Scroog?? Hmmm... all very interesting ideas!

Saphron said...

I'm still slightly unsure of what a diarama entails...

But (Don you stole my idea!) I would do the little town in which 'A Christmas Carol' takes place. Maybe have Scrooge holding onto the sleeve of the Ghost of Christmas Past as they head toward Fezzywig's.

I love that story. :)