Thursday, January 19, 2012

Frank Stella Inspired 3-d Paper Sculptures

One of the third quarter curriculum requirements for 3rd grade is sculpture. I choose to have the students complete a paper sculpture inspired by great American artist Frank Stella. I also combined the lesson with Zentangle drawing. First I had the students draw organic shapes, and fill those organic shapes with zentangle patterns before cutting out the pieces. Once the pieces are cut, I have the students use a hot glue gun to glue down the pieces while twisting, bending, and folding them finally adhering them to a piece of matt board. I was fortunate to have a TON of matt board donated to me a few years back... Also the paper that I had the students use is cardstock, not just regular paper. Here is the link to the orignal lesson that I found. http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/Julie-design.htm

Here are a few of the results. Of course there are more examples on my artsonia link!





5 comments:

  1. These are beautiful!!!!!!! :)

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  2. The key is to give them a SMALL piece of matt board, that way they are forced to compact their pieces. Last year I did something similar where they had an entire 9x12 sheet of cardstock to tape too and their pieces were way too spread out!

    AND thank you Ted!

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  3. These are really fabulous! You didn't let third graders use hot glue guns, did you? You are brave!

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  4. Believe it or not I did. I only set out two low-temp glue guns, and I sit at a 'reading table' for my desk and sat right with them and they were really good about it!

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  5. I love this, Rachel. So stealing this idea! Thank you for sharing!

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