In this session, learners at Red2Green explored making sculpture.
Students had seen some sculptures on a visit to the 20th Century rooms at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, but had little experience of making and limited exposure to Modern and Contemporary approaches.
Like in the previous session Steps to Observational Drawing, I thought it would be beneficial to try and break down processes to make incremental steps towards creating a finished piece. I wanted students to be pushed to explore how to make a free standing sculpture encompassing some modern, sculptural principles of form, shape and balance, yet with an accessible and tangible approach to working.
Materials and tools:
- Modelling wire
- Self Adhesive Foil
Also available for the students to look at were skulls on loan from the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology.
Step One: Making Three Pieces of Wire Stand in Relationship to Each Other
The first step was simple.
Students were given three pieces of modelling wire. They were instructed to take one piece at a time and make it stand up. Students were encouraged to experiment and find different ways for each piece of wire to stand. Once all three pieces were standing, they were placed in a group.
Students were then encouraged to play with the group and see if they could get the pieces to stand in different ways and in different positions in relation to each other.
Step Two: Joining Wire Pieces Together
The next step was for the students to look at their group of wire pieces and start to join them together. I suggested that they just joined small areas together allowing the sculpture to breathe.
Students were given the choice of either working in Modroc, quick setting plaster impregnated bandage, or, if they did not want to get their hands dirty, self adhesive foil, which I’d collected at the Community Scrap Shack in Stoke-on-Trent earlier on in the year.
I was most impressed with how learners approached this session and their openness to explore materials.
Many thanks to students and staff at Red2Green for letting me document the session and publish this post.
Aspire to Create
Red2Green is a ‘Cambridgeshire charity providing services including learning, leisure and work opportunities for adults with a wide range of disabilities.’
To see all eight workshops in this series, tailored for adult learners, and exploring drawing, casting, printmaking, sculpture and colour, please refer to the Aspire to Create launch page here.