Blog #1: During the process so far of starting on my chair sculpture, the simplest and most important part would be the planning, since putting ideas together into one drawing helped me a lot with staying organized. The sculpturing itself and making each individual part was challenging, especially with the balloon, which I tried to paper-mache twice but both times resulted in deflation. The theme for my chair would be ‘party’, where the balloon would be the main focus, with 3 kids and various party items, and the chair would be black in order to emphasize the colors.
The planning was completed, so the next step was the actual building. After trying to make a balloon twice with both times failing, I decided to move on with the main character of my chair, so far making the head and hand separately with wires and newspaper.
BLOG #2: There are only 10 classes left until my chair sculpture needs to be completed, and my progress so far is not so good as I anticipated. Although I came in during lunch and sometimes after school, because I spent so much time on my balloon (which failed), I did not get much progress done. Currently, I am working on the main character of my chair, which I am making with wire and plaster. I hope to spend more time after school and get more progress done during class time.
|Class 1||Class 2||Class 3||Class 4||Class 5|
|Continue making the body with wire and paper
Finish making the body; start on the legs (plastering)
|Attach everything together, finish the human.||Start on the balloon with the wires and the newspaper; finish with paper mache.||Attach balloon and person; start on the cardboard cake.||Finish making the cake, start on the banners.|
|Class 6||Class 7||Class 8||Class 9||Class 10|
|Create the smaller characters with wires and fill with paper.||Continue making smaller characters and finish.||Hot glue everything together onto the chair.||Start painting.||Finish painting and finish everything.|
BLOG #3: The due date has been extended with 7 classes left for us to work on our chair. So far, my chair has been coming together, although it was much later than I had hoped. I still have some small details and final adjustments I would like to incorporate, but if I continue to have class time and after school studio time, then I would likely be able to finish by the due date.
BLOG #4: For the past 10 weeks, I have been building and sculpturing my chair. I felt most proud about my painting, especially for the flags. Although I have not yet finished painting everything, enjoy painting the parts of my chair and seeing it shaped together. I still need to work on painting other parts of my chair and work on making it interesting from all angles.
In the beginning of the first few classes, I was not very productive and did not get much work done. I mostly spent my time on making the main human and the balloons. However, recently, I managed to mostly catch up to my planning and fixed most parts of my chair. I still need to work on a lot more, like painting every part and then attaching it to my chair. I plan on continuing to paint and come in during studio time after school.
For my chair, I have incorporated a few elements, including color, space and shape. For the color, I tried to emphasize on the elements by painting the chair a dark color and leaving everything else in a brighter color. I also used different painting techniques, especially on the flags/banner, where I used a sponge and a toothbrush to create a nice pattern.
As for space, I made sure that each part of my chair was spread out in a way that made it look interesting. From the balloon that would be “floating”, the hanging flags and the humans, they all add the element of the positive and negative space.
Shape was something that I always had to take into consideration when making any sculpture. How do I want to make this look like? What would it add to my final design? What materials would be the most effective? The shape of the chair plays a critical part in the final.
If I were to pick the one most crucial element of my chair, it would be color. I do not think I did well on my sculpturing with the time that I had, so I hope to make it better with painting. Any chair sculpture would look extremely plain without a variety of color and if it were to stick with the original colors. There are many ways to approach color. With this project, different painting techniques would help your sculpture come to life.