We have been exploring elements of sculpture in the Art classroom over the last few weeks. The Grade 3/4 students have just begun to design and create a three dimensional form. Using a base skeleton made of newspaper, tape and wire, the students then began to layer pieces of Modroc over the surface. By smoothing each layer as it was added, it then creates a lovely base, ready for paint application when dry. Initially we were all going to make crazy, kooky birds, then I decided to let the students decide on their own topic, providing they could provide me with a comprehensive design of what they wanted to make.
The range of animals, monsters, cartoon characters and word art that the students designed was phenomenal. I look forward to seeing how these creations progress over the next few weeks. The students were instructed on how to build a skeletal frame, as well as how to use the Modroc in a safe and efficient manner. Apart from these initial demonstrations, it has been up to the students, as to how they form and build their sculpture.
Our Grade 5/6 students have also been working with sculptural mediums. Using air dry clay, they designed and made a Tribal Warrior head for their collages. Looking at correct joining techniques, the clay was built up to incorporate eyes, ears, noses, mouths etc.
Once dry, the heads were then painted with metallic paints and allowed to set.
While the warrior heads were drying, students then collected sticks, leather, fur, pipe cleaners, beads, feathers etc, to create a body for their Tribal Warrior.
The combination of materials will then be glued to base boards. (Images soon to come. Please feel free to drop by Open night on Education Week to check out these art pieces)
Following on with our sculpture theme, our Grade 2 students have begun the construction of their clay sitting birds. Using the pinch pot technique, students created a small bowl shape, which became the base of their birds head.
The students then carefully shaped and applied a birds beak, before looking at other details such as eyes, body markings and patterns. Once dry, the bird heads will be painted and feathers and goggle eyes applied.
The legs will be made from pipe cleaners and beads and will be glued just inside the base of the body.
I will post images of the birds as soon as they are complete.