Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paper Strip Sculptures

I introduced first graders to the idea of 3-dimensional art through this abstract, non-objective sculpture project.  First, we watched a video on Brainpop Jr. about sculpture and learned that sculpture can be made out of many different kinds of materials.  It is different from drawings and paintings because it is not flat.  We leared that sculptures can have symbols and meaning, or they can just be an opportunity to explore shapes and colors.

Kids started with a sqare of black or orange cardboard and five strips of colored paper.  I taught them how to bend and glue their paper.  I encouraged them to try new things and discover what the paper could do.  Some kids thought their project was done with five strips, while some could have used fifty.  They all loved the freedom of this project!

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