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 shape, line 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!