by Brenda Ellis. Publisher: Artistic Pursuits Inc. Comb-binding, 83 pages, ISBN:978-1-939394-10-1 published January 31,2014
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Sculpture Technique, CONSTRUCT offers students, upper elementary to high school, the opportunity to discover their own creative strengths in the world of three-dimensions. This book is the first of its kind to bring the processes and concepts of construction methods in papermaking, papier-mâché, cardboard and wire into the home environment. Unlike craft books, the assignments in this book focus on processes of working with specific materials while introducing the elements of sculpture in ways students can put into practice immediately. Students work as sculptors, creating original sculptures while selecting subject matter that is interesting and relevant to their own lives.
The student is the master as he works with his hands. Students construct with paper, cardboard, papier-mâché, and wire while creating unique sculptures that represent their own ideas, interests, and skills. Using this book students are sculptors!
Contents Page: Students will discover the elements of form, planes, motion, and volume in four unique units. In each project they will explore the materials using a different type of technique such as dry and wet papermaking techniques and constructing geometric forms in a 3-D architectural model. Art supplies are listed on this page and can also be found in Blick U Art Lists at our art supply packs page.
How to Use This Book: Pacing for this book is different from what students have experienced in other educational materials. When building using sculptural processes the student will be guided by herself and the materials, not by time restrictions. When it is important we tell the student when to stop, usually for the purposes of allowing the materials time to dry. Look for the hands-on and hands-off symbols throughout the book. Because of this unique feature of the book, the student will need to be self-regulated, guided by independent thinking as she works her way through a single project, starting and stopping as she decides.
Unit Introduction: A new element of art is introduced in each unit. Key terms are shown clearly in illustrations. These terms are expanded upon in the projects and reviewed in the evaluation page. Here students learn to focus on the form and the space around it.
Contemporary Sculptures: The element of art is shown in a sculptural work by a contemporary artist. Here the element of art, form, is contrasted with shape and shown in a work that looks like origami, by artist Kevin Box.
Materials Page: The media used in sculpture are more complex than a pencil used for drawing. This page gives students a heads-up by describing the properties of the material, the tools and equipment used with it, safety issues, and basic instructions. This page introduces students to the properties of paper.
Project Page: Each project begins with an introduction of the medium and shows visual examples of what is possible. Students will then move on to create their own unique sculpture based on the information.
Create a Sculpture: The Project Execution page lists materials and tools to begin the project. THINK AHEAD! asks students to pause and think about how form or another sculptural issue will be used in the design of their original work. Get Started: gives valuable information students will need to set up for the project.
Two to four pages packed with illustrations lead students step-by-step through the process of creating the sculpture. This is the first of three pages guiding students through the paper making process.
Unit Evaluation: Students reflect on their accomplishments as they complete an evaluation page. They examine how the element of sculpture was used in their completed sculptures , reflect on technical issues, and consider the subject of fine arts as it relates to their completed sculptures within the unit. Answers are provided at the back of the book. This evaluation together with the completed sculptures provides a number grade for each unit.
Media Introduced: papermaking, cardboard construction, papier-mâché, wire
Visual Arts Courses: A credit depends on the amount of time spent on the course. Students should keep track of hours for planning and sketching, observing sculptures on trips to museums and parks, reading the text and additional reading and investigation, project time and any additional projects initiated by the student in media of papermaking, cardboard construction, papier-mâché, or wire.
Course Name: Sculpture I / 1 credit
Course Text: Sculpture Technique, CONSTRUCT by Brenda Ellis
Course Description: The fundamentals of sculpture (form, plane, motion, and volume) are emphasized through examples, artwork by contemporary sculptors, and projects in 3-D papermaking, cardboard construction, papier-mâché, and wire. Critical analysis of artwork is stressed in the application of these fundamentals. Various media, tools, and building techniques are explored. Students arrive at unique solutions for 3-dimensional design problems as well as explore creative expression.
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