Students will develop:
- Fine motor skills
- Creativity skills
- Social skills
- Large pieces of foam
- Foam peanuts
- Sculpting materials including pipe stems, sculpture wire, small and large craft sticks, glue, string, rubber bands, feathers, toothpicks, buttons, tissue paper, and construction paper
- Glue sticks
- Child safety scissors
- Large cardboard boxes to use as pedestals, one per sculpture
- Tempera paint in various colors
- Paint brushes
- Plain paper for signs, one per sculpture
- Send home a note requesting donations of pieces of foam and packing materials.
- Collect all of the suggested sculpture materials and divide them so that there are enough for small groups of students. Set up the materials in separate areas around the classroom.
- Optional: If possible, try contacting some area appliance stores for donations of boxes and packing materials.
Step 1: Explain to students that they will work together to use the materials to make sculptures. Show them some of the materials and ask them to share their ideas on how they could use them.
Step 2: Divide students into small groups and suggest they work in their respective areas. Offer assistance if needed. Remind students that they don't have to finish their work in one sitting. Some children may enjoy working on their sculpture over several days.
Remember: Differing opinions and conflicts are normal in collaborative work. Allow time for children to work through conflicts before intervening.
Step 3: When students have finished their sculptures, invite them to design pedestals for their sculptures. Give them large boxes and ask them to decide together how they would like to paint the pedestal.
Step 4: Provide students with their choice of paint or other decorating materials.
Step 5: While the pedestals are drying, distribute paper for students to make signs listing the artists who made each sculpture.
Step 6: When the paint and glue on the pedestals are dry, attach the signs to the pedestals.
Step 7: Plan a special day to exhibit the finished sculptures. Invite students to set up their sculptures on the pedestals in a designated area of the room. Have student groups present their sculptures to the class.
Optional: Invite families and other members of the school community to come by and view the students' work.
Curriculum Connection: Literacy and Making Art
Take photographs of children to document the process of making their sculptures. Work with the group to create a visual display and invite them to dictate information about each photograph.
- Each One Special by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Heinz Werner Zimmermann
- Recycle That! by Fay Robinson
- Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt
Take-Home Activity: Artistic Recycling
Suggest students make a list of things that they have in their homes that could be recycled and used for art projects. Send the list home to families along with a note requesting that they collect some of the items to donate to the classroom art area.