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Lesson: Proposal for a School Sculpture
After discussing the artistic elements and design process needed to construct the modern sculpture, Lao Tzu, kids get logical. They consider the purposeful use of space in the sculpture, design a modern piece for a specific space at school, and then write an organized and well-supported proposal to have the sculpture installed.
Lesson: Creating a Superhero Sculpture
Indian art depicts an amazing pantheon of gods and goddesses, each having interesting powers and purposes. Young art historians use the provided images to analyze a carved sculpture of a monkey-god. They then brainstorm the attributes found in many superheros, and create a three-dimensional sculpture of their super human hero.
Talking in Sculpture
Elementary schoolers take a look at the work of sculptor Roxanne Swentzell. They pay particular attention to her work, Mud Woman Rolls On. Then, the young artists use clay to create a sculpture of their own which has the theme of a storyteller. All of the instructions and materials needed to implement the lesson are clearly laid out for you in the plan. The pieces of art that kids make during the activity will become instant family treasures.
Mount Rushmore as Sculpture
What are non-traditional sculptural materials and how can they be used to reinvent a work of art? The class examines the techniques and materials used in the creation of Mount Rushmore; they then re-imagine the piece using sculptural material such as toilet paper, chopsticks, paper clips, or spaghetti. The final project will be a three-dimensional interpretation of the larger-than-life sculpture.
Now here is a great lesson that will really help your learners see the connection between art and engineering. First, you'll discuss kinetic sculptures and the design process. Then, you'll engage them in a hands-on activity where they use paper and brads to fashion a four-bar mechanism. The mechanisms can be discussed in terms of art, form, function, and construction.
Building a Sculpture
Youngsters view a photograph of Mark di Suvero's three-dimensional sculpture, "Lao Tzu." They note the shapes visible in the piece and then create their own works of art using simple shapes.
Flying Fish Mobiles – Kinetic Sculpture
Budding artists experiment with balance and movement as they learn about Alex Calder and his kinetic sculptures. They'll view several of Calder's pieces and review biographical information, then they'll work through the artistic process as they create Calder-like sculptures. Tip: There is an intrinsic link between balance, weight, and measurement; explore these ideas with your students as you allow them to experiment with materials. Have them take observation notes that relate all three concepts.
Virtual Figure Sculptures
Students identify visual arts by identifying famous artwork on-line. For this sculpture lesson, students utilize the web to research popular sculptors and to see a video interview with Keith Haring. Students utilize paper, cardboard, markers, pencils and paper clips to create their own sculptures which they display around school.
Eighth graders study Marisol's art work by comparing ad contrasting several sculptures. They create a 3-D portrait of a person they either know personally, or to portray a social issue. The sculpture be made of a cardboard structure they make,
Flexible "Glass" Sculpture
Older artists create 2-dimensional surfaces with paint, then use these paintings as the components of a 3-dimensional sculpture. They assemble a free-standing sculpture that may be viewed from any angle by using wire to create the shape. A beautiful product will result from this relatively easy-to-implement art lesson.
Modern Figure Sculpture
Alberto Giacometti is a renowned sculpture, made popular by his "tall, gaunt" figures. His sculptures have been interpreted in many ways: representing isolation, Holocaust victims, or of one standing against adversity. Giacometti says that he was sculpting human shadows. This is a great project to link to many studies that relate to the various interpretations.
How Text and Art Create a Response - The Chalk Sculpture
Students write a response after looking at the chalk sculptures of artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. In this sculpture and writing lesson, students watch a short video that show chalk sculptures before answering questions and writing a response about the works. They focus on author's intention in their writing.
3D Paper-Edge Figure Sculptures
Students discover visual arts by creating sculptures in class. In this personal expression lesson, students research the Internet and examine different examples of modern sculptures and 3 dimensional art. Students utilize paper stock, colored construction paper, scissors, markers and glue to create sculptures which they present to the class.
Abstract Planes in Paper Sculpture
High schoolers create maquettes of abstract sculptures utilizing the elements of art; line, shape, value, color, space and texture and the principles of design; balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm and movement, pattern and unity. These art lessons produce fantastic results, and the lesson plan is clearly-written and easy to follow!
SCRAP WOOD SCULPTURE
Students see that there are many shapes and objects that can be created from other shapes and objects, and create a sculpture using bits and pieces of scrap wood. Includes instructions on how to make Tempera wood stain
GUITARS AS SCULPTURE
Middle schoolers discuss guitars, pointing out different parts of the guitar, compare/contrast guitars from different times, imagine they are designers hired to build a new age guitar, create many preliminary sketches, choose one, and begin their sculptures.
Creative Can Sculptures Help Feed the Hungry
Students look at pictures of Canstruction sculptures, then read a news article about the construction of these canned food sculptures. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with pictures of winning sculptures and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Tin Foil Action Sculptures
Kindergarten artists use tin foil to sculpt action-packed creations. They discuss the purpose and types of sculptures commonly seen and then sculpt tin foil people. Tip: Have learners make their action sculptures show a verb, that way you can incorporate grammar and art in one lesson.
Leaf Bowl Sculpture, Part 1
Leaves are always interesting subjects to study. Learners get familiar with the leaves in their school by creating leaf bowl sculptures. They'll discuss the importance of leaves, the cultural significance and use of bowls, as well as sculptural techniques and terminology. Then, they'll use air-dry-clay to make their bowls.
Students create paper sculptures. In this visual arts instructional activity, students observe photographs of abstract sculptures and describe their observations. Students use oaktag, tape, scissors, and markers to create their own paper sculptures. Students present their sculptures to the class.