I have taught book sculptures to grade 7s once before but this time we pushed it to another level by incorporating a figure. We began the task by practising with magazines and constructing three figures using wire, paper mache, plaster and foil so that the students could understand the qualities of a variety of media and the importance of scale and proportion.
Once the book sculpture was constructed they were then required to look at their sculpture with fresh eyes and design a figure interacting with the book. The figure and the book had to be connected someway and the sculpture had to be interesting from every angle.
I was really impressed with many of the designs in particular their use of rhythm, balance, movement and volume. I particularly liked some of the animated figures. These will look brilliant on display in the library. When the students finished they used an iPad app called “Lifecards” to evaluate their design.
The students were encouraged to use as many key words as possible. We are going to print their evaluations out and display them with their work.
When I photograph the rest of the book sculptures I will add them to this post. However, don’t forget to look at our Artsonia gallery and leave comments for the artists. I was so impressed to see over 70 comments posted already.