We are really enjoying our focus on sculpture for art this year. This week’s project was a burlap figure sculpture (directions from Dick Blick here) inspired by the works of Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz. We began by watching a YouTube video about her which explained how her art is strongly influenced by the death of her mother during the Nazi invasion of Poland, the destruction of Warsaw, and subsequent Soviet takeover. Then we looked at some of her work at her website. Very impressive! And we were ready to begin!
First a wire armature is assembled and pinned to a base so it stands upright.
Then the armature is draped with strips of burlap dipped in wallpaper paste, forming a human figure.
Results were very satisfying. Here is Sam’s, which I just love:
I think it has a haunting, evocative look. This photo does not do it justice.
Both Sam and I found the process very enjoyable and loved the results, but JBug got a bit frustrated with hers and didn’t enjoy it as much. It was messy and difficult to get the burlap strips to drape just right to cover the wire armature without becoming too heavy and making the whole thing tip over. Restraint is definitely needed. Because of this difficulty I recommend this project for older kids. Plus, if we do it again I think I’d use a larger gauge wire (we used 14 gauge) to make it more stable. Overall, the project was a great success.
How’s art going in your neck of the woods?
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