I got this lesson from Deep Space Sparkle. I didn't purchase the booklet but the image that was on the site inspired me. Instead of studying Russian architecture or St. Basil's Cathedral, I showed the students different some different features of architecture. These variations included turrets, minarets, domes, onion domes, and spires. I reviewed the difference between 2-dimensional names for shapes and 3-dimensional names for shapes. For instance, when discussing 3-d objects instead of circular you say spherical, instead of rectangular you say cylindrical, and instead of triangular you would say conical or cone-shaped. I also had the students study positive and negative space and as a group mini project create an interesting positive and negative composition with black and white paper. The positive/negative activity was a precursor to the designs they would later incorporate onto their buildings, which were done in black Sharpie.
Here are some of the images I showed the students as inspiration:
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