Thursday, February 2, 2012
Making these cardboard sculptures with my 1st graders is one of my favorite projects. The kids learn the words sculpture, and abstract, and we discuss how they will use an interesting arrangement of shapes and color to create their sculptures. I cut up the cardboard shipping boxes that my supplies come in, so this is a great recycling project.
I posted more about this project last year here.
The materials and processes are simple:
I cut 4"x 6" rectangles for the bases, and then hack the rest into assorted shapes, using an old 'workhorse' paper cutter. Then, glue is squeezed onto the corner of the base, and a pop stick is used as a 'glue paintbrush'. Students scoop the glue with the pop stick and spread it on the piece they plan to glue. They hold the piece in place and count to 10 to let the glue begin to take hold. We spent two sessions building and another 2 painting.
The boy who built the tall sculpture on the left below still needs to finish painting.
One REALLY IMPORTANT note: the glue should be Elmer's Glue-All, NOT Elmer's School Glue. They are not the same thing, and the School Glue will not hold and the kids will get frustrated. The Glue-All is MUCH stronger!
This year, a bunch of kids built out horizontally rather than building taller. Here's some examples:
Here's the projects all on display on top of the stacks in the elementary side of our school library - the kids were SO proud to see their work on display for the whole school to see.
Some kids finished painting early, so I gave them some paper for 'free choice' using the paint. Here's some examples of what they did: