In Art, we were required to create chair sculptures following a theme. We thought of a theme to guide our chair and follow it. The task was for us to create a chair sculpture using the different techniques and knowledge of sculpture that Mrs. Jardin had taught us in class. To accomplish this project, I had to create a sculpture out of newspaper of a crocodile since I choose the theme of swamp/ creepy crawlers. And for the assessment, we are being assessed on the demonstration and presentation of the 4 elements of our sculpture. We had also learned about sculpture to retrieve a further understanding of what we are doing. Mrs. Jardin had taught us about the main information about sculptures. There is three main process: subtractive process, additive process, and kinetic process. Subtractive process is when the remove parts from the material that you’re working with such as wood, stone, marble, or clay. The additive process is one of the most common process because it is the easiest. To use the additive process, you add onto the media that you’re working with, like clay or paper mache. Lastly, the kinetic process if when you add movement to your sculpture, or how the element depends on motion. Here are some of the four basic ways of sculpture: carving, modeling, casting, construction, assemblage, and relief. We had also learned about the elements: space, line, plane, mass/volume, shape, value, texture, and color.
When we first started, we were assigned with a small task – to make a snake eating ice cream out of wire and newspaper. After that, we had to create a Pinterest board about our theme, which for me is swamp/creepy crawlers. The Pinterest board consists of tutorials and pictures that relate to our theme. This is considered as our research progress. We then plan out our timeline and construction so that we will get a better idea and time management of what we’re going to do each class to get our sculpture done. Next, we had a small project to learn about the elements of art and to create a poster talking about each of the elements. With all of these elements, I have chosen my four main elements, which are value, texture, contrast, shapes, line, and movement. For value, i had used the element on the back of my crocodile to show the depth and shadows that it creates, and on the back of my chair because value means the light and shadows on my sculpture. Then Mrs. Jardin had graded the process of our chairs about half way into the sculpting timeline and it turns out that i have a decent grade and I was happy with the progress of my chair. Since we did the timeline and planned out what we were going to do with our chair, it has helped me a lot because i can use it as a guide to lead me in my journey of sculpting the chair.
When doing the project, I have found out that my strengths are to create different types of texture with different medias (like the scales on my crocodile and the skin of my python), plastering on different materials and angles of my sculpture, and connecting the different elements (like the crocodile) onto my chair. Although, if i could change some parts of my sculpture, i would spend more time on making the head of my crocodile so that it looks more realistic. Also, if i could stretch out the sculpting time, i would because i could use that time to work on the details of my main elements and to pay more attention to the little details. And the last thing that i would want to add to my sculpture isn’t technically changing it but to add another element on my sculpture so that it creates more contrast.
Here is my plan from the beginning
Overall, I think that my chair had turned out better than i had expected it to be, especially with the texture of my crocodile scales and the colors. Because of this project, i had also had the opportunity to learn about sculptures and all the different types and techniques of sculpturing. This unit has taught me a lot, from all the elements of art and sculptures to better time management and working independently, and it had also taught me about myself. It had taught me that no matter how much i go off topic or off task, i can convince myself and go back to working and finishing my task. It had also opened my eyes to allow me to explore things that i have not done before.