Details a unique plan for teaching students about the varied aesthetic styles of well-known visual artists and illustrators.
- View samples or pictures of sculptures and discuss how they were created
- Create a sculpture and compare this art form to drawing and painting
- Samples or pictures of different kinds of sculptures. You can use a picture of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, California, as an example of connecting found objects together to make a sculpture.
- Clay. Modeling clay or air-dry clay will work as well.
- Clay tools
- Found objects like rocks, cardboard tubes, feathers, pipe cleaners, etc.
- Kidspiration by Inspiration Software, Inc. (Mac or PC version), or chart paper, or a whiteboard for brainstorming
- Computer and projector
- Prepare several segments of clay.
- Set out found objects on a table.
- Plan where to display the sculptures in the classroom.
- Check glue bottles.
- Check computer connection to projector.
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about sculpture.
Step 2: View samples or pictures of sculptures. Discuss how they were created. Share information about the artist and history of the piece. Discuss the elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, and form.
Step 3: Demonstrate how to soften clay, manipulate the clay, and use the clay tools. Also demonstrate how to make another kind of sculpture by connecting the found objects.
Step 4: Create sculptures. Students may choose to use clay or found objects. Some may even combine clay with the found objects.
Step 5: Display the sculptures.
Step 6: Using Kidspiration or other brainstorming tools, list what the children learned about sculpture.
Step 7: Compare and contrast drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Teacher observation will assess student participation in contributing to the discussion and creating a sculpture.