The sculpture studio allowed us to make our very own golden statue monster. However the process of the activity was structured in a way to enhance the creative process. We started the activity by drawing our monsters. We were able to plan the most outrageous things we could think of and get it down on paper.
Once we had our monsters planned out, we begun to get messy with the plaster of paris. We begun by dipping the strips into water and ran our fingers over it to smooth it out. We moulded the plaster around our fingers to create the shape of our monsters. We were then able to add textures on the surface to make our monsters have unique features.
After letting it dry, we painted it using gold paint. The gold was used to symbolize the metallic colours used in ancient statues. Once the paint dried, we were then able to bring our monsters to life by using markers to draw on their features. We followed our previous drawings to guide our design.
Nicole chose to construct her monster using a different medium. She used play dough and baked it in order to create her statue and therefore had a somewhat different experience. We feel that this sort of activity could be facilitated using a variety of moulding materials which is illustrated by Nicole’s sculpture. Although her process was somewhat different, the end result is similar.
An important aspect of this activity was the process of it. By following through stages in the production of our art, we were forced to plan, execute, and reflect on our progress. Although this may seem somewhat silly as an adult, for children this process may enable them to remain engaged in the activity. It also allows for problem solving through trial and error as we try to construct with one medium what we’ve created in another. This activity also allows children to self-reflect on their progress as artists; they learn what they are capable of and what else they can learn. The activity also allows for sensory exploration of different types of materials and may allow opportunity for fine motor development.
The artistic element that’s most closely related to this activity is mass/volume, which refers to the 3-dimensional characteristics of an object. In this particular activity, we use a 2-dimensional shape to create a 3-dimensional form and by doing so were able to engage our representational ability.
All in all, this activity provides a very open ended method for creating a 3-dimensional object which can be used in a multitude of ways. The activity can even be further extended to incorporate socio-dramatic play.
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Written by: Nicole Ineese-Nash
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