Jul 1, 2010

Louise Nevelson Found Sculpture

Louise Nevelson was a creator of wood assemblages made from found objects doused in paint. She worked hard to get recognition in the mostly male art world, but wished to be seen as more than just a ‘woman artist’.
1. I glued the basic square as shown ahead of time for the young students to keep things sturdy. Give each student white glue and enough sticks to fill in the box as shown to make a flat board.
2. Collect a bunch of small items (like buttons, paper clips, puzzle pieces, etc.) that have different shapes and textures and have the students glue them down with generous amounts of white glue. Let dry overnight.
3. If you have the budget, paint heavily with white or black acrylic paint so the art has a shine when complete. If not, tempera paint will work too, you just may need more coats to block out color below.


School for Us said...

I'm so glad you posted this! We were just at the Amon Carter Museum last week in Ft Worth, Texas. We were there for a class and studied one of Nevelson's pieces of art - "Lunar Landscape Wall." This will be a wonderful project for us! Thanks!!!

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks. I once tried it with chip board but it curled so much from the paint that I vowed never to do it again. Someone on Artsonia had the brilliant idea about popsicle sticks.

Cheryl Trowbridge said...

I recently discovered your blog and I love all your great ideas! I teach a similar project to this one, but instead of paint, we spread a thin layer of white glue over the top and press a sheet of aluminum foil over that. Then we cover that with a thin layer of black tempera and wipe most of it off, leaving it mainly in the crevices. I look forward to trying it your way, too!! (I also have a blog about teaching art to kids: http://teachkidsart.blogspot.com)

Elizabeth said...

I love this idea!

School for Us said...

My daughter and I completed our Nevelson projects. We had so much fun and loved the results. Thank you!!! (Here's a link if you'd like to see it:http://alexml.blogspot.com/2009/02/kathy-over-at-art-projects-for-kids-has.html) Sorry for the long link - I forgot to put a title so blogger picked its own. :-)

Chris said...

Hi Kathy,

I just want to drop you a note to thank you for your wonderful blog.
I came across your blog this past January and my 5 yr old son (Alex) and I have since then enjoyed many of your fun art projects. I don't know much about art and I am really glad to have a chance to introduce Alex to the art world through your blog. I have posted all of Alex's work in my blog - http://simplepleasuresiol.blogspot.com/ with links to your blog in each individual project.

Thank you once again. We look forward to trying more of your projects.


jek-a-go-go said...

awesome! i do this with cardboard and black paint! i've been meaning to post it forever and just haven't found the time for it. i like the popsicle sticks base!

John said...

What a great idea - thanks for this, really impressed!

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Jen said...

This is incredibly amazing popsicle art! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea. Perfect for the kids. We also did a Popsicle chain reaction activity out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com: Popsicle Chain Reaction