Saturday, September 13, 2014

5th Grade Sculptures (Inspired by Alberto Giacometti)

5th grade sculptures on display in the 100 building hallway

Fifth graders have been hard at work their last several art classes constructing these sculptures inspired by the mid-20th century work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Giacometti's work gave our classes a good opportunity to discuss the essential question of how art often reflects the times during which it is created.  Giacometti's sculptures, whether human or animal, were usually faceless, gaunt, and haunting, reflecting the dreary state of the world in the 1930's and 40's.  After this initial discussion and introduction to the artist, students spent the rest of the first class constructing the "bones" of their figure from wire, a folded paper towel for the head, and modeling clay for the feet.  Class two was spent putting aluminum foil "muscle" on their figures, and masking tape "skin" was added during a third class.  Finally the figures were painted.  Each class voted on a single color to use, cheerier than Giacometti's typical dark bronze tones, but still monochromatic to mimic his style and to keep the focus on the expressiveness of the poses the students chose for their figures.  Some of the poses, despite making the sculpting more challenging, really added to the sense of movement in the figures. 

Sculptures on display in the Media Center (Thanks, Ms. Shopmyer!)

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