Paper Relief Sculptures: 6th Grade

Image6th graders have been learning about relief sculpture throughout our unit on texture.  Relief sculpture is a type of art form that is between painting and sculpture in the round. We discussed the difference between high relief and low relief sculptures as we examined examples from history. ImageBack in the beginning of the quarter, 6th graders learned all about the elements of art. They were already familiar with the terms “shape” and “form,” but we discussed the difference between the two to refresh our memories. Shapes are 2-D (height and width) and forms are 3-D (height, width, and depth.)  For this project, 6th graders created forms out by creating paper shapes and folding, rolling, bending, and sculpting them into 3-D forms.

I asked students to experiment with scissors, glue, and white sheets of paper.  Each child explored various paper sculpting methods to create 3 completely different forms. ImageImageImageAfter a little bit of playing around and experimenting, I asked students to select their favorite form they created and mass-produce 50 versions of the form!ImageImageI enjoyed walking around the room and seeing each child immersed in his/her own process. It was interesting to see which shapes/forms students gravitated to and how they were created.  The art room turned into a little factory where all of these delicate shapes sprung to life. ImageImageImageImageImageThe next part of the project was all about composition and arranging these magical little forms onto paper.  6th graders learned about foreground, background, layout, and unity. I asked 6th graders to try to create organic compositions so that their paper forms looked like they were coming to life.

6th graders had all their little pieces…now it was time for them to piece them together in a way that tells a story. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI asked students to come up with titles for their relief sculptures. Here are some:ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThey ALL turned out amazing, but I’m still waiting on a few students to tell me their titles. ImageImageImageImageThey’re so dream-like to me…. I want to get lost in one of these worlds!

-Mrs. Heinlein

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