March 27, 2017

Building the Pyramids


One last Winter Children's Art Class at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and we had a beautiful day to head outside. We hit the sculpture garden, and (after a brief detour to see Claes Oldenburg's "Giant Three-Way Plug") rolled over to see two Sol LeWitt sculptures. Like, literally rolled.


The PMA has two outdoor sculptures by Sol LeWitt - "Steps" and "Pyramid".


The kids examined the sculptures from all angles, barely restrained from climbing them, then got to work. We counted blocks, and layers, and made some guesses about construction.


In pairs (or groups of three, or four...) we used 5/8" blocks to construct towers and structures, aiming for stability and height. Kids used rulers to measure their creations and shared results.


Then, back to the studio.


They used the same wooden blocks to create their own balanced steps, pyramids, or Minecraft Ninja Turtles, permanently secured with wood glue.








This is our second(!) Sol LeWitt inspired project this year, and you can watch a quickie IG vid of the first one here.





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