Two of the Art One classes just completed their figure drawing sculptures. This project included several steps including making the project out of wire, covering it with tape and then covering it with plaster. They were then sprayed bronze to simulate bronze casting. Students added ‘accessories’ to emphasize what position they chose to put their figure in.
The main goal of creating the figures was to learn about body proportions. For example, the average person’s length from head to top of legs is the same length as their legs and your arms are long enough to touch the middle of your thighs. Having the figures in proportion from the beginning allowed students to move them into realistic positions. Each figure had to stand or rest in a natural position – it was quite the challenge!
Students learned about Alberto Giacometti’s ‘Three Men Walking’ as well as Edgar Degas’ ‘Little Dancer of Fourteen Years’ bronze sculptures and used them as inspiration for their works. They end result was fabulous!
Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood