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Alberto Giacometti Sculptures

January 4, 2011

I attended an art conference in Austin this year and came away with this awesome idea to make sculptures patterned after Alberto Giacometti’s, “Walking Man.”  The kids were shocked that his sculpture sold for over 104 million dollars.  After an introduction to Giacometti’s work, we jumped into this lesson, usually reserved for middle school and high school students.  Armed with three pipe cleaners as our base, we shaped a form of a person.  We then covered the pipe cleaners with foil, pressing all the air out so it resembled a very thin person.  Next kids used masking tape to cover the figure.  We placed the feet in clay, wrapped them with foil and tape and anchored them down to a cardboard base.  Students were very creative thinking of ways to pose their figure.  One student made her person sitting, reading a nook (Barnes and Noble’s electronic book), another figure was praying while another was catching a football.  Using Sta Flo, we dipped strips of newsprint into the liquid and wrapped our sculpture.  I sprayed the dried sculptures with bronze spray paint.  This project was very challenging but extremely rewarding to  all of us.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Marilyn Auvermann permalink
    January 16, 2011 10:03 am

    Jenn, this is more incredible than you described. I wonder if my Sunday morning little ones could create Bible characters. I’m going to send this to June for her ideas…she’s the creative one!

  2. April 3, 2012 12:07 pm

    I did something similiar to this with my high school students, but after forming the foil, we use plaster bandages to add strength instead of masking tape, and then it allows for sanding and smoothing once it is dry. I love the bronze finish! They are really great Giacometti kids versions.

    • jennauv1 permalink*
      April 3, 2012 10:08 pm

      That is a great suggestion that would make sturdier sculptures, thank you!

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