by Brenda Ellis. Publisher: Artistic Pursuits Inc. Comb-binding, 83 pages ISBN: 978-1-939394-11-8, Published January 31, 2014.
Sculpture Technique, MODEL builds on the concepts taught in Sculpture Technique, CONSTRUCT while standing on its own as a guide for instructing students in modeling methods. This book offers students, upper elementary through high school, the opportunity to discover their own creative strengths in the world of three-dimensions. It is the first of its kind to bring the processes and concepts of modeling with putty, pottery, and fiber arts 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 works of art while selecting subject matter that is interesting and relevant to their own lives.
Students model with putty, clay, and wool 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 mass, scale, and surface in three unique units. In each project they will explore the materials using a different type of technique such as wet felting, needle felting and coiling, pinch, and slab pottery building. Art supplies are listed on this page and can also be found in the Blick U Art Lists, found at the bottom of 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 himself 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 he works his way through a single project, starting and stopping as he decides.
Unit Introduction: A new element of art is introduced in each unit. Key terms, like scale, are shown clearly in illustrations. These terms are expanded upon in the projects and reviewed in the evaluation page.
Contemporary Sculpture: The element of art is shown in a sculpture by a contemporary artist. Here the element of art, scale, is considered in a work that is nearly six feet high by artist, Scarlett Kanistanaux.
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 is the first of a two-page introduction to the properties of clay.
Project Introduction: The Project Inspiration page begins with an introduction of the medium and gives visual examples of what is possible. Students will then move on to create their own unique sculpture based on the information. Here two examples of sculptures made with the coil method are shown.
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 scale, or another sculptural issue, will be used in the design of their original work. Get Started: gives valuable information that 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 a four page demonstration on building with the coil method.
Unit Evaluation: Students complete an evaluation page to reflect on the element of sculpture, technical issues, and the subject of fine art 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 letter grade for each unit.
Media Introduced: putty, clay, wool felt
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 putty, pottery, or fiber arts.
Course Name: Sculpture I / 1 credit
Course Text: Sculpture Technique, CONSTRUCT by Brenda Ellis
Course Description: The fundamentals of sculpture (mass, scale, surface) are emphasized through examples, artwork by contemporary sculptors, and projects in putty, clay, and wool felt. 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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