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Sculpture

Learn sculpture, the art of carving and molding in stone, clay, ceramics, or wood.  

Western sculpture began in Ancient Greece.  It is continued today through sculpture schools and taught by ameteur and professional artisans.

This page provides resources for those interested in learning how to sculpt, and/or those who want to advance their craft. There are sculpture resources, classes, and supplies.  Enjoy.

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This free tutorial teaches you how to create sculptures from marble, a strong mineral used to create some of the world's greatest works of art.
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In this head sculpture, I'm using 1/2" PVC pipes as armature and using some foam sheets as filler. I'm using Roma Plastilina #2 Gray Green oil based clay. I'm also using laser line for measuring and indicating center-line. I learned the use of the lase from a YouTube video by "BaileyBlade". Check his channel for more useful instructions.

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The line of pure white busts sitting amongst the dust in Li Hongbo's Beijing studio could be found in any art classroom around the world.
That is until the 38-year-old Chinese artist places his hands on one, lifts gently, and what had seemed like solid plaster transforms into a live, amorphous mass.
A roman soldier stretches

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  • Abstract Art Created by Lindsay Lougheed July 7, 2014
  • 2. What is Abstract Art? ! From About.com: Abstract art can be a painting or a sculpture that does not depict a person, place, or thing in the natural world. ! From ArtHistory.net: Works in this genre are often non- representational (which means that the artists forms may vary from a small degree of inaccurate representation of images to total abstraction with no recognizable imagery).
  • 3. Discussion Questions ! What comes to mind when you think of Abstract Art? ! What is meant by the term non-representational?
  • 4. Abstract Art is based on what YOU see! ! Because Abstract Art is non-representational, you become a part of the analysis. ! The art is based on what you see when looking at the colours, shapes, lines, brushstokes, materials used, size, scale and even the process used to create the art.
  • 5. Do a quick Google search to instantly see hundreds of examples of Abstract Sculpture
  • 6. Now lets react ! I am going to show you 10 different pieces of Abstract sculpture. ! Without discussing the pieces out loud, I would like you to write down your initial reaction. ! What comes to mind as soon as you see the image. ! Once we have completed this independent activity, we will go back to each image and discuss them as a class.
  • 7. Recap and class discussion "Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. -Pablo Picasso
  • 8. ! You will be creating an abstract sculpture in a style similar the one pictured here. (More examples to follow) ! Materials needed: ! Block of wood ! Wire Hanger ! Panty Hose ! White Glue ! Acrylic Paint Now its your turn!
  • 9. Perhaps you will even see something in your Abstract Sculpture. You can make others see the same thing by strategically painting it
  • 10. Bonsai Tree
  • 11. Brian
  • 12. Alice in Wonderland Tree
  • 13. Directions ! Step 1: Drill 2 small holes in the bottom of the wood. ! Step 2: Unbend hanger ! Step 3: Bend hanger into the shape youd like, and put each end into the holes in the wood. Keep in mind that only the most outer edge of the wire form will show, so dont put too much detail into inner loops or twists.
  • 14. Directions ! Step 4: Use a knee high or cut the legs off of a pair of panty hose. Roll up the fabric so you can stretch it over the wire. ! Step 5: Pull the fabric over the entire sculpture including the wooden base. ! Step 6: Cut off excess fabric under the base
  • 15. Directions ! Step Seven: Cover entire sculpture (except the very bottom) with a few coats of white glue. ! Step Eight: Once the glue has dried, paint the entire sculpture with a base coat of acrylic paint. ! Step Nine: Once the base coat has dried, add your own designs using acrylic paint and/or sharpie markers. ! For more detailed instructions with pictures go to the following website: www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Panty-Hose-Sculpture

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  • Sculpture
    A Three-dimensional work of Art.
  • 2. Two dimensional
    Flat, Height and Width
    Three dimensional
    Volume or thickness, height, width and depth.
  • 3. Freestanding Sculpturealso called Sculpture in the Round
    Sculpture in the Round (Freestanding Sculpture)Stands by itself, usually made for viewing from all sides.
  • 4. Relief Sculpture
    Relief Sculpture -A sculptural surface that that is not freestanding, but projects from a background of which it is a part.
  • 5. Relief Sculpture
    Low (Bas) Relief A form of a sculpture in which portions of the design stand out slightly from a flat background.
  • 6. High Relief
    High Relief A relief where half of the forms normal thickness projects from the background.
  • 7. Sculpture Fundamentals
    Form
    Technique
    Content
    Elements of Art and Principles of Design
  • 8. Sculpture Fundamentals
    FormThe total mass or configuration that the subject or idea takes. The final physical structure of the sculpture.
  • 9. Sculpture Fundamentals
    Technique
    The marriage of materials and tools with the ability of the sculptor.
  • 10. Sculpture Fundamentals
    Content The emotion, passion or message that the sculptor intends to convey through the sculpture.
  • 11. Repetition in Sculpture
    Motif -
    A unit that is repeated in visual rhythm. Units in a motif may or may not be an exact duplicate of the first unit.
  • 12. Betsy Atwell Dudley
    Many of my sculptures have dealt with the repetition of layers in wood, clay and metal. At first, they represented civilizations and ancestral and social patterns. However, as I got closer to nature and to my own center, I sensed a deeper meaning. I began to acknowledge and appriciate the presence of the divine in everythin. My art became stronger as I focus on the two fondations of reality-matter and spirit.
  • 13. Betsy Atwell Dudley
  • 14. Michelle Stitzlein
    Michelle Stitzlein creates found object art / sculpture from recycled materials, including piano keys, broken china, license plates, rusty tin cans, electrical wire, bottlecaps, and other miscellaneous items.
  • 15. Found or Recycled Object Sculpture
  • 16. Our Project
    Employ found objects to create a sculpture in the round.
    Found objects are objects that have been created for a purpose other than art, and are usually every day objects, easily recognized for a utilitarian function.
    Their meaning in every day life is usually derived from their context in which we use them. By altering the objects context, or their form we can modify their meaning and significance.
  • 17. Insect sculpture
  • 18. Steps:
    PLAN! Draw 5 different views of insect
    Practice techniques with recyclable materials (Technique Board-Think about different shapes, cuts, materials, techniques you can use to make parts of insect like legs, antennae, stinger, wings, eyes, etc)
    Build armature
    Choose recyclable materials (cans, bottles, bottle caps, etc)
    Cut-out and start attaching materials to armature
    Remember careful craftsmanship!

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