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Welcome to Dream, Draw Create! This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A fun Sculpture project by Middle School students.

We began this lesson by watching a video about the artist Joan Miro it is a wonderful video that you can find on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TV0beMXxW8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL.  Afterwards we discussed surface design and looked at many images of various art forms to inspire and ignite our imaginations.  I think it worked.  No two sculpture projects were alike.  The technique we used was to bend a wire coat hanger into an interesting form then cover it with a nylon stocking which is coated with latex house paint mixed with glue.  It actually gives the surface a canvas type feel which is easy to paint on.  Some students opted to not cover their hanger with a nylon stocking and instead wrapped the hanger with cotton batting which was later wrapped in plaster gauze. The creative process took on different meaning for each of them.  I learned that some students are risk takers and became very adventurous on their creative journey.  Others just loved playing with color.  One made his to serve a cause. And of course there is the "cat" lover of the group, hers amazed me.  Enjoy the work of these talented young artists.






12 comments:

  1. I like the twist of using cotton batting and plaster gauze!

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  2. Love your site. I just blogged about it on www.pixeladies.com. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful projects.

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  3. Thank you Deb. What a nice compliment. Isn't it amazing how far reaching blogging can be and how fortunate we are to share ideas and encourage each other.

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  4. This is such a great sculpture project. I have done the nylon stocking one before, but the free-form wire/plaster one is something I need to try! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. How do you mount the wire hanger on its base? Is it wood?

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  6. Yes it is a wood base. I drilled a small hole in the wooden base then used hot glue to adhere the straightened out hook of the hanger into the wood.
    Thanks for asking.

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  7. Love the risk takers!
    When you show the video, how do you explain the small part where they are smoking? Not sure why that is in the video.

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    1. The best way to explain that small portion regarding the smoking is to use it as a learning experience on the dangers of smoking etc. I hope that helps. Thank you for checking out my blog and enjoying this sculpture project.

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  8. I'm new at this and am preparing a 3D art class as a volunteer at Isha Institute of Inner Sciences.
    What's a good Glue to mix with latex paint?

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    1. Hi Amanda,
      I use Elmer's school glue for this project and it works great. I do not have an exact recipe to offer you. I sort of mix household paint with the glue until I reach a consistency I like. But if I were to guess the ratio might be 2/3 latex paint to 1/3 glue.

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  9. I'm still finishing preparing for the coathanger sculture class.
    What might be a good material to cover the hanger for the red or pink sculpture?!
    These are not really easy... And they only gave me one hour for each of the two days of the class. : ))
    Thanks again for sharing the ideas!
    Amanda at Isha meditation center

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    1. I use a nylon knee high stocking to cover the hanger. Then I paint on or dip the sculpture into the paint and glue solution. Good luck.

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