My kids and I were very excited to try a new art program from ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. For this review we received the Sculpture Technique Construct book. We have used other levels before, and they've always been a very great resource. This book was just as great and really a complete art curriculum for sculpture.
We had fun trying a few new mediums for art. Since this book is all about constructing, it is all about creating 2D and 3D sculptures. The book we received is broken up into 4 units. The units are:
- Unit 1: Creating Form in Papermaking
- Unit 2: Creating Planes in Cardboard
- Unit 3: Creating Motion with Papier-mache
- Unit 4: Creating Volume with Wire
Each unit is broken up into step-by-step projects, including little lessons on technique, science, and history (basically the why, and what of the project). So, for the first project in Unit 1, we started with making the paper that we'd use to create a paper sculpture. For this we had to purchase a paper making mold, but it was well worth it. I look forward to making more paper in the future with scrap pieces of construction paper, or whatever paper we have lying around.
|The first step in papermaking was to blend up the scraps of paper. We used an ordinary blender, and scraps of construction paper for this.|
|We created the pulp that is needed to start dipping.|
|Dipping the paper is really quite fun, and not as hard as it seems. It takes a few tries and you've got it.|
At the end of each unit there is an evaluation to reflect on what you accomplished. It includes questions, review of the concepts, and things to think about from the experience. We didn't get to any of these reviews, but looking over them I think they have some great things to think about to really help bring it all together.
|And, that's it! Now all that is need is sponging some of the excess water, and making it flat.|
I love making art with my children. The memories and creativity are so long lasting. I think these projects from this book were no different. Even though there are step-by-step instructions, they are still able and even encouraged to create things in their own way. They put themselves into each project, and that's the best part about art. We made some great memories, and had just as much fun with the process as we did with the result
|We only had to sponge a few times, and it was ready to sit and dry.|
|This is the wet paper!|
|This is the dry paper! It looks and feels so neat!|
A few pictures from our wire projects. I was finding little wire creations all over the place. The boys just loved playing with the wire.
Overall, I think this is a great art curriculum. Even my 9 year-old says "give this one a 5 star review!" He loved it, and I can see him really using this book over the next few years.
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