This week the fifth graders continued work on their spectacular sport trophies. The wire and foil figures are now posed and wrapped with plaster wrap. Almost all have been stapled to wooden bases. Our fifth graders have experience working with plaster (see this post and this post) so almost all finished wrapping the figures during our 40 minute class.
Don’t you love the poses and accessories?
Here’s a ‘wrap up’ (get it?) of all the steps so far:
NOTE: I used three basic supplies for these sport sculptures:
- Plaster wrap
- Pre-cut floral wire (aka stem wire)
- Pre-cut aluminum foil
(similar product available at Michaels and Wal-Mart craft department)
(similar product available at Costco and Smart & Final)
Most of the 5th graders at our schools have at least one trophy – for soccer, baseball, basketball, dance, etc. Each year the fifth graders create their own sport trophy sculptures using wire, foil and plaster wrap.
2012 is an Olympic year. We begin by looking at photos of Olympic athletes in all sorts of sports. We talked about dynamic poses – athletes in motion – and how much more interesting they are than static poses.
Next I projected some sports photos and we practiced drawing the athletes as stick figures.
I passed out wire figures and the students wrapped them in foil. They had a great time posing them!
The 5th grade is just about finished with the annual mask project.Â I wrote about it earlier in this post.
After completing the sculpture, we sealed the masks with matte medium and painted them with tempera.
Here are some more 5th grade masks:
Can’t wait till all 75 are up on the wall….