SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2014

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make a figure. Making the sculpture stand up on its own is not easy, so stu- dents have to figure out the best way to prop up the sculptures up as they work on them. The process of this project is additive, working from the bottom up. The instant papier-mâché is heavy when mixed, so applying lit- tle bits of material at a time is crucial to maintaining the overall form. Setting the Mood After sharing works by Giacometti, tell students: "Think back to a time when you felt alone and isolated. If you had to sketch an idea for a sculp- T he long, thin figures of Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) have become famous symbols of modern sculpture. These frag- ile figures standing alone in an empty space visually express how many peo- ple felt after the terrible destruction of World War II. Giacometti worked with volume, texture, and negative space to express feelings of isolation in his work. A very limited color scheme adds to the solemn mood. Making a sculptural figure involves critical thinking and problem solving. In this project students use instant papier-mâché over a wire armature to ture based on Giacometti's work, how would it look? Would it be one lone figure or more than one? Would you be suspended in space or trapped in a cage? Would you be standing alone on a large or small platform? What would your stance be? Would you be by your- self, or would you have props? Would you have exaggerated and/or distorted proportions?" Ask students to think of their mood/emotion during that time of loneliness, then think about how to translate it into a sculpture in the style of Giacometti. Stress to students that the stories behind their sculp- Stacy Lord StAnd Taking a 24 March 2014 SchoolArts "I build an emotional sculpture [in] which a person is climbing a tall steep mountain. This person is trying to reach the tip of the mountain. The tip of the mountain represents the place where he does his job. He has a stick to help climb the mountain. The stick represents an education. If there was no stick he will fall by tiredness and can't reach the tip. So, it's telling that education at school is very important for you to graduate schools and do a job to live. The person is doing his best to get a job with the help of education." Elementary Studio Lesson A_pages_3_14.indd 24 1/23/14 11:49 AM

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