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Beginning Sculpture



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Introduction, Safety, and Organization

Introduction 2:24

Basic Ideas and Safety Issues with Sculpture 2:46

Organizing Tools and Supplies 2:37

Wire Sculpture Techniques

Beginning with the Basics 3:00

More Ideas with Wire 1:39

The Basics of Additive Sculpture

Ideas with Polymer Clay 3:21

The Basics of Plaster and Papier Mache 5:36

More Ideas for Additive Sculpture

Additive Sculpture Using Assemblage 6:00

Supplies and Additional Ideas for Assemblage 3:17

Planar Sculptures Using Assemblage 5:24

Large Scale Sculpture 4:44

Large Scale Sculptures, Part 2 4:02

The Basics of Subtractive Sculpture

An Overview of Subtractive Sculpture 1:44

Supplies and Ideas for Subtractive Sculpture 2:32

Subtractive Sculpture with Clay 5:46

Subtractive Sculpture Using Foam

Subtractive Work with Foam 5:33

Continuing Work with Foam 5:35

Finishing Work with Foam 3:27

Management and Organization

Management and Organization 6:36


Conclusion 0:40

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Beginning Sculpture

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to teach sculpture basics to your students to set them up for success

  • 2 Explore techniques to help with both additive and subtractive sculpture methods

  • 3 Discover new lessons and ideas that can be used with a variety of materials

Whether you are new to teaching sculpture or are just looking for fresh ideas and techniques, this Learning Pack is for you. Brush up on everything from basic sculptural methods to how to successfully finish pieces. Walk away with the ability to teach your students the proper way to use tools, work with various mediums, build pieces, and create work they are proud of.

Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

7. Media and Techniques
A. Selects best practices when teaching media and techniques to students
B. Scaffolds media and technique skills for students according to age and ability level
C. Designs opportunities for students to experiment with materials and skills

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Johanna Russell

Johanna Russell

Middle School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator

Johanna Russell has been teaching since 2003 and is always seeking to improve her craft through non-traditional avenues of research, thought, and teaching practice. She believes the mental capacity for creativity and divergent thought will be essential for the futures of our students and that the best place for students to learn to think differently is in the art room.


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