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Friday, May 13, 2016

ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique Review #hsreview #homeschoolart #artinstruction #artinstruction

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Alaina can make something out of nothing. She will keep the oddest piece of plastic, lids, cups, and things the rest of the family would consider trash. She can put them together to make all sorts of crafty things. She was thrilled to get the Sculpture Technique Construct from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. because she gets to build something. 

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The Sculpture Technique Construct is a 83 page comb bound book and is recommended for children ages 11-18. It is divided into four units.
  • Unit 1~ Creating Form in Papermaking
  • Unit 2~ Creating Planes in Cardboard
  • Unit 3~ Creating Motion with Papier-mache
  • Unit 4~ Creating Volume with wire
The table of contents also includes a list of all the supplies needed by unit. Then each unit starts by discussing the material needed, the tools and equipment along with basic instructions and safety issues. Form, planes, motion, and volume are also discussed and samples of each are given. The instructions are very easy to follow in the whole book. There is a picture depicting each instruction to make it clear what needs to be done. There are also colored pictures scattered throughout which shows people completing the project and finished pieces. At the end of each unit there is an evaluation to reflect on what the student has accomplished. 

The units do not need to be completed in order the book is written. We just purchased a new water heater and we had a couple of big pieces of cardboard, so Alaina decided we should start with Unit 2: Creating Planes in Cardboard. There is a great description of what cardboard actually is and how it is put together and made. Our first project had the girls put together a 2-D construction to show the relationships of planes. Different forms are discussed and there are templates in the back of the book to create different three dimensional shapes. Several different techniques for combining cardboard pieces together are also discussed and demonstrated. The final project is an 3-D architectural model. 

Alaina started on a project she wanted to make. She had no trouble deciding what kind of structure she wanted. She did have trouble getting her pieces proportionate so they would fit together. She had Amber help her draw them out so that they would fit together and Amber and I cut them out. The girls spent several days working on their architecture. Alaina didn't really understand the 2-D structure until they started working on their buildings and then she figured out what we were talking about. 

A week or so after the girls had been working with cardboard Amber & Delaney were going to the homeschool teen banquet. The theme was fairy tales and the girls were supposed to dress up. Delaney wanted to be the Mad Hatter and Alaina suggested making her hat out of cardboard. They used some of the things they had learned in the Sculpture Technique book to construct the hat and then covered it in felt.

All three of my girls want to go back to Unit 1 now to learn to make their own paper and create objects with it. The Schoolhouse Review Crew members received several different books from ARTistic Pursuits. Head over to the Crew blog to read those reviews.  

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