Create Your Own Sculpture
For Grades 4–12
Table of Contents
- Create a Edgar Degas, Louise Nevelson, or Marino Marini–inspired animal sculpture
- Write poems about their sculptures
- Telling Tales Presentation, Slide #11
- Sculpture wire
- Wire form mesh, scissors, glue, Styrofoam, paper, and drawing materials
- Tissue paper (multiple colors)
- Alternative (or addition) to tissue paper: Yarn, string, twine, etc.
Show students the sculptures of horses on Slide #11. How are they different? Have students choose one species of animal to sculpt and one of the three artist’s sculptures from which to draw inspiration.
- Start with the sculpture wire to create the basic shape of an animal.
- Use the wire to attach the form to a Styrofoam base.
- Pre-cut the wire mesh into pieces. Use the wire mesh to cover the sculpture and squeeze tightly. It can also be used to create additional parts of the animal.
- Cut the tissue paper into small squares. (see illustration)
- Take the center of each square and twist it until it is into a point.
- Insert the pointed part of the tissue paper into the small holes of the wire mesh. (Glue can be used for extra hold.)
- Cover the entire sculpture with tissue or, if using the alternative materials, wrap the completed mesh form with twine, string, or yarn.
- Have the students title their finished piece and write a poem/story about their animal.
- Ask classmates to guess which artist was the inspiration for each sculpture.
- New York State Learning Standards for the Arts (Visual Arts) 1, 2, 3
- College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 2, 5
- College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 2, 3
- College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Writing 10 (5 and 6 if poems are drafted, edited, and presented)
July 30, 2010–April 17, 2011