Magazine article Arts & Activities

White-on-White Paper Sculpture

Magazine article Arts & Activities

White-on-White Paper Sculpture

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It is often difficult to find a project that keeps my eighth-graders interested; they typically want something that's "exciting" for the entire creative process. This project was a winner: my students stayed very quiet, as they concentrated on their work and exercised their creativity.

To introduce the concept of white-on-white paper sculpture, I shared images of work by some of today's top paper-sculpture artists--Peter Callesen, Polly Verity, Elsa Mora and Calvin Nicholls. Students were amazed the sculptures were made just from paper!

We then discussed what kind of project we could create using this technique. Students formed groups and each had an opportunity to share their ideas. Almost everybody agreed that we would make a variety of buildings that resembled those found in our neighborhood.

Students were each assigned to draw a sketch of a building, such as a house, flower shop, bakery, toy store or church. But first, we went online to research architectural structures and details for ideas on windows, doors, balconies and columns. They also looked at fencing and landscaping.

When the sketches were completed, we arranged them together on a table to observe, analyze and discuss what else could be done to add interest.

BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGAN, I explained the safety rules for working with scissors, compasses and craft knives, and showed students how to use them. They practiced with the tools on small pieces of tag board, making little flat shapes three-dimensional. …

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