“You have to create your life. You have to carve it, like a sculpture.” William Shatner
2D to 3DThe sculpture activity involved developing a three-dimensional artwork inspired by the linocut print. I selected cane as my material to reflect the curves in my print and masking tape as I didn’t wish to hide how I had controlled the flow of the cane. This is also in response to the Constructivism movements idea that the structure should demonstrate the properties of the materials used. Modroc was applied at the second stage, which allowed me to create surfaces between some of my lines. The final activity was to produce a drawing of the sculpture. I am in the process of carving the image into a block of wood to make a woodcut print.
The most useful aspect of how all these disciplines were presented in the Visual Art & Design learning area was the links made between the activities. It allowed new artworks to be developed from existing work, and as a result, time could be spent investigating the initial topic rather than researching a new one. The results sit well together as a body of work but also explicitly represent the disciplines and techniques used to make them.
I believe it is important to consider limiting materials that the students use for sculpture activities. This is partly for financial reasons, and it is not possible to model how all materials and tools can be used. It is essential to explain, model and provide exemplars of joining, structural and construction techniques for the activity.
Students have expressed a view to me in middle school art classes that they are “no good at art, but they are good at constructing things” which bodes well for the discipline of sculpture.
Students should be encouraged to consider when presenting their work that many two-dimensional artworks can be developed into three-dimensional works.