Friday, January 20, 2012

The Big Reveal: 3-dimensional Portraits!

Check out these super cool finished sculptures made by my 8th Grade Visual Arts students! Please go back to the beginning of the unit on "Sepia Tones" to see how I came up with this lesson!  After reading this post, check out the posts in the blog archive in the right sidebar.  Here you can see the whole unit and get the full story about how these sculptures came about.  You can see tons of photos of works in progress as well as descriptions of each step along the way!

This is the finished sculpture that I showed you a photo of in the post before this.  It is a lady-like stork, holding a bouquet of red flowers.  The sculptures were base-coated with a dark acrylic paint, then we added oil pastels all over the surface of the work to make it textural and colorful.  
Zachary D. made a young owl who is suited up for St. Patrick's Day!  He formed everything out of newspaper that was squished into simple forms, then taped with masking tape.  The hat is newspaper on top and chip board covered with plaster craft forms the base .  It was hot-glued on after everything was painted.  This little guy is loaded with personality, wouldn't you agree?
This is one of my favorites!  Casey worked so hard on her sculpture of this frog dressed in formalwear, and we were all impressed with the amazing outcome!  I love her color choices because the colors are so vibrant next to the green tones of the frog's skin.  The bow tie is fabric, but everything else was carefully constructed from newspaper, plaster craft, acrylic paint ( base coat) and oil pastels.  
Samantha made this amazing "Military Buck" all decked out in his traditional uniform.  He is a "bust" in the truest sense of the term , since the form ends at the "bustline".
Anthony uses a small brush as he adds another color to his sculpture of a bear in Native American-inspired costume.
Maddie C. did a great job choosing colors that helped all of the details really "pop" on her sculpture of a duckling.  It is always a joy to see a student who is pleased with the results of a lot of hard work!

  I hope that you find the work to be inspiring!  Although this lesson was tons of work, the kids really enjoyed the process of starting with an idea, rendering it in two dimensions and transforming it into a 3-dimensional work of art! 


Hope Hunter Knight said...

these look great! well done, kids

Miss said...

These are so cool! What are they made of? Papier mache?

thorkgal said...

I would love the lesson plan or at least the theme and how you got started with this project. So few 3D projects in lesson form out there. Thanks.

one little deer said...

Thanks, Hope! This lesson came out great and the kids were very excited to have such wonderful results. Thanks for viewing my work and commenting!

Hi Miss,
These are made of newspaper forms taped with masking tape then covered with plastercraft. Are you familiar with the plaster gauze used to make casts? That's what we used, and I ordered it from School Specialty online. Hope that helps! Thanks for the comment and interest!

Hi Thorkgal,
I agree that there are not as many cool lesson plans out there for work that is 3-d. Please scroll back through the last several posts to read about the theme, anthropomorphic portraits, and how the unit culminated in the sculpture lesson. Look under the label, " sepia Tone" in the sidebar to start at the beginning! Thanks for the interest! I love comments:)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

These are fantastic, I love the use of the black paint as the base coat for the portraits, very sophisticated! I pinned this lesson on my Art Lesso Pinterest board!

(pink and green mama)