Sample K-6 Art Lesson Plan for simple relief sculpture
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Sample - Cardboard Relief Sculpture Creations
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Teacher should create samples ahead of time. Look for and gather other
examples. Discuss sculpture, relief sculpture, and how they differ.
Show examples, samples, and demonstrate the process. During demonstration,
be sure to show students various ways of attaching parts.
Scratch paper, 6 X 9" and 4 1/2 X 6" pieces of smooth, white
mat board, fine sand paper, tempera paints (acrylic paints optional),
Mod Podge water-based sealer (optional), brushes, water cups, thick
tacky glue, small plastic beads (1/8" and 1/4" sizes), heavy
scissors or sewing shears, strong thin string for hanging, paper or
plastic hanging tabs, small metal hole puncher (the kind used in metal
- Use the scratch paper to design your idea: simple animals, people,
or objects. Idea can be realistic or whimsical.
- Transfer your idea onto a 6 X 9" mat board piece. Make it big
enough to fill the space.
- Look at your idea. What parts would look good as slightly dimensional
- On a smaller 4 1/2" mat board, draw the extra pieces you think
you'll need to create that "dimensional" look.
- Use tempera paints to paint all parts and pieces. (If your budget
allows for it, use acrylic paints instead because they are "self-sealing".
You won't need the Mod Podge if you use acrylics.) Paint the side edges
- When your parts are dry, cut them all out with the scissors or shears.
(Cut carefully or you'll get ragged edges that will need a lot of sanding.
But do use sand paper where necessary.)
- When all parts are cut, coat with Mod Podge, if you used tempera
paints. Coat the backs and sides, too.(Skip this step if you used acrylics.)
- Use the tacky glue to glue on beads where the extra parts will be
used to create your relief effect. Let dry.
- When beads are dry, add glue to the bead tops and attach the extra
relief parts. Let dry.
- Your idea should now be finished. Decide if it will need a string
for top hanging (as in hanging an ornament) or a back tab for hanging
on a wall.
Note: If it will need a string for top hanging, use
the metal hole puncher to carefully punch a hole at the top (try NOT
to punch the edge). Cut a length of string to tie into the hole.
Note: If your shape will hang on a wall, glue a hanging
tab on the back near the top (not too close to the top or it will show
from the front).
Lesson Plan Outline
Taught to 6th grade but can be simplified and downgraded one or two
- To reinforce skills in using line, shape, and form.
- To teach relief sculpture skills.
Criteria for Educators
Students will apply skills and knowledge necessary to create shapes
and structures in relief sculpture form.
- Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.
- Using knowledge of structures and functions.
- Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics
of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication
of their experiences and ideas.
- Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions
of art to improve communication of their ideas.
- Did finished object have good relief parts?
- Was assignment carefully cut and sanded where necessary?
- Were glueing and painting carefully done?
- Were all directions followed?
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