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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sculpture Project Using Recycled Items

We have a new project to go with the new year. We will be moving on from 2-D works to 3-D pieces. Our first project will incorporate recylced items (aka Trash). I have decided to change this project just a little bit and allow you to create a sculpture that is representational OR abstract. So, just to be clear, you can create something we instantly recognize like a coffee mug or a tree; or you can make a sculpture that is an unrecognizable shape yet still interesting. If you chose to do something representational, like the coffee mug, make it out of a material that is unrealistic, like cardboard or cotton balls. Here are a few examples of recycled art:

Cardboard guitar by Chris Gilmour

Michelle Stitzlein butterflies

Graphite on recycled Starbucks cups by Phil Hansen

Recycled crumpled paper dipped in ink by Phil Hansen

Recycled leaves held together by thorns by Andy Goldsworthy

Recycled stones, broken and scratched by Andy Goldsworthy

Here Are the Requirements:

1. Your project must be made 100% from recycled materials. Use whatever you want as long as it is not brand new or store bought. Use leafs, wood, discarded furniture, old mechanical parts, aluminum cans, etc.

2. You must be able to display your project in the classroom. So a life sized creation of a popscicle stick T-Rex would be out of the question. If you cannot transport it then you cannot do it for a grade.

3. Create at least 10 detailed sketches in your sketchbook of what you would like to make. List what your materials would be and how they will be applied (i.e. glue, epoxy putty [great for metal-on-metal], nails, tape, string) Have a sketched approved by me by Thursday, Jan 15th!!!

4. Begin working on project. All sculptures are DUE FEB 19TH!

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