Tuesday, November 8, 2011

3d Sculpture for Children

Kids love to build. 
They are naturally drawn to sculptural activities and relish in the challenges they bring! 

How simple are these 3d wonders?
 All we used was some bags of plain paper balls from a craft supplier (polystyrene balls would probably work too), black textas, a hot glue gun, bendy wire and pliers. The stands were pieces of throw away industrial plastic from Reverse Garbage

These sculptures are a great way to teach and clarify some of the elements.
 Children  (and adults) are often confused by shape and form but its easy really....a circle is a shape, but a sphere is a form. These primary school sculptures were achieved through a focus on shapeline and form (some elements of art). The students 'drew' line work on the spheres and through the manipulation of the wire.

Obviously balance (a principle of art) was also a major consideration both visually and structurally. The little artists loved figuring out how far they could 'push' the design before it physically tipped - some great problem solving resulted.

I did this with Year 6 but I could easily take it into the secondary school classes.  
This was fun, fun, fun! 


  1. wao..its so interesting! I like the way you present this! Fun :)

  2. Very nice! Whimsical and chic - they're great!

  3. What a fabulous idea!
    My grade 6-er would love doing this... me too actually ;)
    Lovely blog.

  4. These look like so much fun to make and the finished product is also nice to look at. Your students must really appreciate having you as a teacher!

  5. Holy Fun, Art Girl! I "teach" art and am so excited to bring this project to the classroom!
    Thank you so much!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  6. these are fantastic!
    must try these out when next on prac.
    cheryl xox.

  7. Awesome - follow you on Pinterest!

  8. Fabulous project! I had no idea you could buy paper balls- where did you order your from?

  9. Thanks Miss! I am in Australia and not sure where you are but I got the spheres from an art supplier. I have also seen them in fabric type stores like Lincraft. Hope this helps and you give it ago.


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