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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Abstract Air Dry Clay Sculptures


This is a wonderful abstract lesson I saw posted on a high school art teachers Facebook group I belong to. The challenge was to create an abstracted sculpture that represents the students' soul/essence through form and colour. In the original lesson, the teacher used Amaco brand air dry clay. I just used this argile clay I found that the Dollar store and it worked well. Each student got one packet. This was taught to a Grade 8 class.


clay sculpture dried, before paint


They had a double period (80 minutes) to create their sculpture. I started off with a slideshow/discussion about abstract sculptures and we looked at works by Jean Arp.

The next class they painted their sculptures. Students needed to mix and blend acrylics- not just use one colour from the tube- I wanted a variety of shades and tints for more sophistication. We talked about colour and the moods they evoke. Once dry, I sprayed them with a gloss varnish.

This was a tricky project for my students who are definitely used to more realistic lessons from me- a lot really struggled to make an 'abstract' sculpture as opposed to a sculpture that looked like something!















2 comments:

Nur Köksal said...

I like your lessons very much. I am a homeschooling parent. It would be great if you could also tell about your discussion about abstract sculptures and the moods different colors evoke.Thank you.

alanayarts said...

çok başarılı olmuş öğrencilerin heykelleri.

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