June 1, 2015

Colossal Popsicle

The large scale sculptures of Claes Oldenburg always seems to be a fan favorite with kids and adults. This year, we looked specifically at his food themed sculptures, like giant burgers and ice cream cones, and made our own larger-than-life popsicle!

We theorized about the similarities and differences in scale of Oldenburg's hard and soft sculpture, and where the work was intended to be seen (in museums or in public parks).

We're lucky to have a few Oldenburgs around town, so we also were able to look at a few Philly examples of his work (like the Paint Torch at PAFA, the Clothespin near City Hall and the Button in University City). 

With all these new ideas about scale in our heads, we set to create an XL popsicle! Students used cardboard, Dixie cups, and masking tape to create a form.

A painstaking decision about color,  about a gallon of ModPodge and pink and orange tissue paper finished off our treat!

Settlement Music School
May 2015

See other Oldenburg related lessons here and here.

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