This project is suitable for years R-6 and focusses on the skills of sculpture, drawing and painting. Over the next two weeks we will focus on creating our own sculpture and using drawing and painting in response to the sculptures we make.
The resources needed for this project are as follows:
- tin foil
- newspaper or scrap paper
- masking tape (sellotape will also work but masking is preferable)
- drawing and colouring pencils
- paint - see previous weeks art projects to learn how to make your own paint at home
Session 1: Gathering Ideas, Creating your Sculpture
First we will decide which animal, thing or person we will be sculpting. You may want to link your sculpture to the topic you are learning about in your year group. For example, in Year 5 you might decide to sculpt a rocket, in Year 3 you might decide to sculpt a nocturnal animal, in Year 1 you might decide to sculpt a dinosaur!
Children in Years 5 and 6 may choose to first look at the work of Alberto Giacometti by studying his work on the Tate website: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/alberto-giacometti-1159
Giacometti used the world wars to inspire his sculptures of tall, lean figures.
Younger children may choose to recreate a character or animal from one of their favourite stories!
Once you have chosen what you will sculpt, begin to sketch out your ideas for the basic shapes you will need. Use this drawing to help you and then begin your sculpture!
If you will be using tin foil:
Bend and mould the tin foil into the desired shape. Remember you will likely have to use one piece of tin foil for the entire piece or will need to bend and squeeze adjoining pieces around your main structure.
Once you have completed your tin foil sculpture - draw a picture of it and see if you can recreate the shapes in your sketch.
If you will be using newspaper and tape:
Scrunch up the paper and tape in place to create the main shape of your object. Then add additional pieces of newspaper until you have added all of the finer details of your sculpture.
Once you have completed your newspaper sculpture you might decide to paint it or to paste different coloured papers or materials onto the top of it to add colour and texture.
Session 2: Using your Sculpture for Art
During this session we will use our sculpture to help us create even more art! Try some of the challenges below using your sculpture. Although all of the tasks below can be adapted to different age groups they have been listed from least challenging to most challenging.
1. Take your sculpture into your garden, outdoor area or to a window where there is good light. You could also use a lamp or torch if you have one. Create different shadows using your sculpture and attempt to draw around the shadow accurately. Can you colour in the shadow or use pencils to show different tones?
2. Take pictures of your sculpture using a phone, camera or tablet. Think about which angle you prefer and why. Can you take a close-up photo which captures the detail of your sculpture? Can you take a picture from further away to show your whole sculpture?
Remember to ask for an adult's permission before using technology.
3. Create a name for your sculpture. Sculptures often have names which share something about their meaning. Do you recognise any of the sculptures below?
Lincoln Memorial Statue of Liberty Cloud Gate
Maman Balloon Dog
4. Record your response to the sculptures above.
How do they make you feel? Why?
Which materials do you think were used to create the sculptures?
Where do you think these sculptures currently are?
Which is your favourite and why?
Can you think of 5 adjectives to describe each of the sculptures?
Imagine you are the artist of one of these sculptures. Draw a plan for your next sculpture.