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Sculptors

Meet Joan Miró and Barbara Hepworth, two world-class sculptors whose techniques will inspire and teach your children to create their own stunning works of art. They will get a feel for the three-dimensional qualities of sculpture and work in the abstract modes of these two twentieth-century icons.

Learn about the materials of sculpture and how to plan with sketches and then create dynamic artworks in the round. You will cover Art & Design and some PSHE objectives.

Session 1 Joan Miró (II)

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Develop techniques, including control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • Improve mastery of sculpture techniques with a range of materials.
  • Learn about great artists in history.

PSHE

  • Identify and express feelings in different ways.
  • Use a broadening vocabulary to express good feelings.

Teaching and Activities

Explore Miró’s sculptures and then plan and create your own sculpture using Miró’s style and technique of using discarded items to create forms.

There is also a session on Miró, as a painter, in Block A.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the sculpture of Joan Miró.
  • To use discarded items to create a sculpture.
  • To create a sculpture that represents a positive emotion.

Children will:

  • Explore the sculpture of Miró, identifying key techniques, style and influences.
  • Explore how ideas and emotions can be expressed through abstract art.
  • Create an abstract sculpture out of discarded items.

You Will Need

  • Large array of discarded items
  • Tape
  • String
  • Paints and paintbrushes
  • Newspaper

Session 2 Barbara Hepworth (I)

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Develop techniques, including control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art.
  • Improve mastery of sculpture techniques with a range of materials.
  • Learn about great artists in history.

PSHE

  • Identify and express feelings in different ways.
  • Use a broadening vocabulary to express good feelings.

Teaching and Activities

Delve into the amazing world of Hepworth’s sculpture and explore her influences and form. Link her abstract work to her local landscape and idealisms before planning and sketching ideas for your own sculpture.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth.
  • To interpret a landscape into an abstract sculpture.
  • To draw negative 3D images.
  • To identify a preferred landscape and reflect on why it evokes happy emotions.

Children will:

  • Explore the art of Hepworth, identifying key techniques, style and influences.
  • Link examples of Hepworth’s abstract and modernist sculpture to beautiful landscapes and idealisms.
  • Identify their own idealisms and ‘perfect’ preferred landscapes.
  • Sketch a plan for an abstract sculpture that reflects their chosen landscape, using negative drawing.

Provided Resources

  • Sculpture questions
  • Sculptural landscape challenge
  • Influences chart
  • Negative drawing
  • Sample landscapes

You Will Need

  • Drawing pencils (2B)
  • Sketchbooks

Session 3 Barbara Hepworth (II)

Objectives

Art and Design

  • Develop techniques, including control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • Improve mastery of sculpture techniques with a range of materials.
  • Learn about great artists in history.

Teaching and Activities

Try some new sculpting techniques like those used by Hepworth. Reflect back on your own ideas and create your sculpture using Hepworth’s style and technique as an influence.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth.
  • To interpret a landscape into two abstract sculptures.
  • To compare clay and soap as mediums for sculpture.

Children will:

  • Identify concrete and abstract sculptures.
  • Practise sculpting techniques with soap and clay.
  • Create soap and clay sculptures using Hepworth’s style and techniques and approaches as an influence.

You Will Need

  • Soap
  • Sculpting tools
  • Terracotta clay