April 24, 2015

Assembling Assemblages

Making 3-d art with kids is usually the best. That was definitely the case with this Louise Nevelson inspired building project we just (finally!) completed.

As usual, we started by looking at and discussing some slides of original artwork. 
We looked at the intricacies and variations in Nevelson's iconic assemblages.

My pre-Kindergartners exercised lots of decision making while choosing and arranging their supplies and securing them to a base.  PS6 and PS7 went through almost three 10 lb. boxes of wood while learning about and identifying 3-d shapes they found in Pacon's "Treasure Chest of Wood". There's a great variation in size and shapes within the boxes - some kids chose lots of similar pieces, and leaned toward symmetrical arrangements, while others threw caution to the wind and took a more random approach.

They arranged their supplies (wood from the treasure chests, buttons, beads, and abandoned puzzle pieces), then glued them down and w...a...i...t...e...d for them to dry over the weekend.

Students then put one of our new vocab words to work, and choose a monochromatic color scheme for their work.

A hanger on the back allows these assemblages to be hung vertically, so we can enjoy them gallery style in the studio.

Email me for a lesson plan, and check out my Instagram for a chance to win the supplies used in this project! (Giveaway ends May 1, 2015)


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  2. Wow!!! Great art projects. I'm an art teacher k-5 in Trenton and live just outside Philly :)