Our task in Art was to create unique chair sculpture. Sculpture is a type of art that is about making two or three dimensional figures or forms, by using plaster, stone, wood, etc. We were then assigned to make/create a theme, and creating a sculpture on our chair. That is about our theme. My classmates and I used multiple design processes, such as brainstorming, sketching, etc. The theme I chose was the open ocean, mostly whales, sharks, and other sea creatures. My theme was simple, but I wanted it to be unique. Like adding color abstract and mass. My sculpture will be graded based on my neatness, planning, development, and knowledge.
Firstly, we had to master multiple elements and techniques that is related to our sculpture. There at most, 15 elements. These 15 include space, mass, line, texture, harmony, contrast, value, repetition, color, movement, balance, form, shape, and proportion. Out of several of these elements; I have chosen mass(big or small), texture(the feels), space(positive or negative), color(natural or applied), movement(the sculpture is moving), and contrast(different colors). One technique that has been helpful was the “Snake Eating an Ice-cream”. Ms. Jardin make several groups of 2, and sent us to work on the activity. The materials that we’ve used were newspaper, wire, and tape. In the activity, we first made an ice-cream cone and then started making a skeleton out of wire wrapping around the ice-cream. After finishing the skeleton we wrapped it around with newspaper, bringing it alive. The most helpful advice from Ms. Jardin was to create the biggest things first. I wasn’t ready to do my huge whale, because I wasn’t confident that I was able to do it. So, I decided to then make an anchor. After that I created a shark using plaster, I had to work on my sandstone and rocks. I mostly used newspaper and tape, I had to stick the paper onto the chair and then tape it. Plastering it, was slightly difficult because the plaster was wet and it made parts of the newspaper mushy. But, I’ve managed to do it quickly. Few classes later I’ve finally decided to make the whale. Making the whale wasn’t that simple, I had to create a skeleton to make the body stable. The skeleton was made out of cardboard, and it was shaped similar to a submarines skeleton. After doing that, I had to fill in the space using tape and newspaper. I was able to then plaster after making the body, then work on the tail and fins. The next few classes were used to make small sea creatures, rocks, and coral. When everything was stuck to the chair. The last week or two was used to paint the whole thing, glueing, and making a few more details. The details were stuck onto the chair using glue gun, I rarely plastered the details.
In general, I am certainly was proud of my chair. I was able to complete most of my goals, and work hard for at least a month. Some things that I will definitely need to improve is my time management, because some of the time I was doing the small details instead of my whale. Another improvement that I need to work on is my plastering. It wasn’t well; for example my shark had some white spots, and it was hard to cover it with the paint brush. Some personal strengths I’ve discovered, were the 2 following; Project planning because my sculpture was really different from my sketch in my art notebook, and productivity because I have done multiple details/sculptures in 2 months.
Lastly, this project is about creating a unique chair sculpture that shows our theme. I have definitely done better than what I’ve thought I should’ve done. At the start i was confused, and thought that I was going to make a horrible sculpture. But, at the end it turned out well. Everyone else experiencing that would also have done well and surpassed their thoughts. The challenging part was trying to finish everything before the due date, we all freaked out and struggled. But, was able to finish it just in time.