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Students in 9th grade looked at the work of sculptor Isamu Noguchi and created a subtractive abstract sculpture that represents an emotion. Focus was on creating a sense of movement by manipulating form, and expressing an emotion through the use of color. We started with 3" x 3" x 8" blocks of dense styrofoam, carved with exacto knives. After they were smoothed out, we primed them with gesso and used acrylics to paint them.


Fun kid project (or crafty adult). Three-dimensional designs using recycled cardboard, masking tape and reused newspaper. This post shows the 5th graders doing the entire project themselves (supervision with the craft knife of course).


Abstract Sculpture Inspired by sculptors Jean Arp and Henry Moore, eighth grade students were asked to create an abstract sculpture whose form was interesting when viewed from many sides. Balance, movement and organic form were the primary focus of this lesson. Materials used: a wire clothes hanger, knee high stocking or panty hose, a small piece of scrap wood, and paint.