Is my sculpture visually interesting? Is it strong? Can it stand freely?
In last week’s art lesson, Grade 4 students cut, layered, folded or rolled plain white paper to create small, 3D sculptures. This week, their task of exploring different materials to create form advanced one step further and they set about creating their next 3D mini-sculptures by combining two very different materials: cardboard and aluminium foil.
Before starting their sculptures, the students, together with their teacher, reviewed geometric and organic shapes and what distinguishes them from each other. Remembering that geometric shapes such as circles, squares or triangles, have a regular appearance and are typically man made, the students contrasted them with organic shapes that are found in nature, such as leaves and flowers.
Selecting their materials and using wire to stabilize their pieces, the students began working on their sculptures, using a variety of techniques to shape and twist the aluminium foil, or cut and tear the cardboard into their desired shapes. While constructing their sculptures they also explored different ways to attach and connect their materials without relying too heavily on tape or glue.
Many of the students chose to create sculptures that combined both geometric and organic forms and as the lesson came to an end, their completed mini-sculptures clearly demonstrated their understanding of 3D sculptural forms.
During the final minutes of their lesson, the students completed the day’s task by filling in the rubrics of a self-assessment form, reflecting on things they felt they could improve or adjust, noting down things they found were “amazing”, and wondering what next week’s “sculptural form challenge” would bring!