Sculpture is a physical or digital dimensional work of art, or the art of making it. Works may be carved, modeled, constructed, cast or projected. Sculpture may be an object set in place, a media event, or an entire environment. Sculptures can be described as assemblage, in the round and relief. Sculptures are made in a huge variety of media. In looking at sculpture, we see and perceive the whole environment with new eyes and a new consciousness. The tradition of sculpture includes every possible material, at every possible scale, for the expression of ideas in space—from wood and stone to light and sound, from the microscopic to the monumental, private to public, real to virtual. Sculptures can be static or kinetic, built to withstand time or to only last a short time. Sculptural expressions make us think about something in the world in a new way.
Start thinking and making!
Activity 1 Personal Totem
Imagine a sentence that describes you. Think about all the creatures and forces and imaginations on earth. What animal best describes you? What force of nature? What mythical reference best captures your essence? Think about your understandings about your strengths of personality, as you see it, and as others see it. Maybe you have a secret side.
Native Americans carved poles. Using a paper towel cardboard tube or wrapping paper tube or large cylindrical can, cut paper and found materials to create your own totem pole. Write a sentence about the characteristics that the animals, force of nature and metaphors have that contribute to describing who you are.
Who are you?
Activity 2 3D Gargoyle Mask
Take a walk around your city or look at this website about gargoyles. Animals have been part of architectural ornament since the drawings of the cavemen. In cities you can find a wide assortment of birds, bears, lions, and even tigers. Many zoo buildings have animal sculptures. Animals as noble beings evoke characteristics that people admire - swiftness of foot, ability to fly, keenness of eyesight. What animal are you? First take stiff paper and create a cylinder that will fit around your head. Cut openings for your eyes and nose and mouth. Add the features of your gargoyle using tape, staples, and glue.
Activity 3 Relief Home Sculpture
Go on a mission and collect materials. Find things around your house and start accumulating them. For example, can tab tops, milk gallon plastic rings, cardboard cereal boxes, newspapers, safety pins, marbles, bread bag clips, string, etc. Look for things that are accumulated quickly over the period of a week. Clothes dryer lint makes a wonderful material that comes in beautiful colors. Take a stiff board or piece of cardboard. Compose and glue your found material in a relief or raised pattern on the board. Create something out of nothing!
Sculpture can be an object as well as an environment.
Sculptures can be static or kinetic.
Light and sound are part of sculpture.
Sculpture can be built to last forever.
Sculpture can be made out of living materials.
- Sculpture at The Louvre
- Elgin Marbles: Parthenon Frieze
- The Thinker by Rodin at the Rodin Museum
- Environmental Installations by Christo and Jeane Claude
- Mobiles by Alexander Calder
- Insallations and More by Sculptor Vitto Acconci
- Sculptor Rachel Whiteread
- FOG, Architects Guggenheim, Bilboa, Spain
- Monster Walk
- Dubuffet Foundation
- Maeght Foundation
- Ivory Carving
- Origami Paper Folding
- Axel Erikson Tree Circus!
- Make A Mobile!
- Dale Chihuly Grounds for Sculpture
- Definition and Examples
- Make a Salt Sculpture
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