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.






8 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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