Friday, May 04, 2018

Grade One: Paper Sculptures About Nature

First grade students began this lesson by discussing and comparing two contemporary artworks, Floralis Generica by Eduardo Catalano, 2002 and Untitled (Seven Mountains) by Ursula von Rydingsvard, 1987. Students were quick to notice similarities to nature in both sculptures, as well as identifying how each sculpture differed from being an exact replica of anything actually found in nature.
Students were then instructed to create a sculpture inspired by nature in some manner. Works could be realistic or abstract, but materials were limited to being constructed largely from paper. Students were then given a brief demonstration on the basics of paper craft manipulation, but were also encouraged to try their own approach in transforming flat paper into a three-dimensional sculpture.