Apr 3, 2013

Louise Nevelson Board

Louise Nevelson was a creator of wood assemblages made from found objects. She worked hard to get recognition in the mostly male art world, and 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. Paint everything heavily with white or black acrylic paint. It make take two coats to block out all the underlying color, which is the goal.


gretchen buwalda said...

This is very effective. I think it could work at many levels. Thanks for the idea.

K Hyman said...

Thanks for the post. I am presently starting a similar project and was thinking about Nevelson on my way into school this am

Mrs. P, Art Explorer said...

What a great idea to make these small versions using little bits! I often want to create Nevelson-inspired piece, but the thought of keeping tons and tons of large found materials in my little art space is just too much! Also, this project gives teachers an opportunity to offer many similar items so there are no "special" objects to be fought over--LOVE that! I am definitely going to be trying this one! Thanks for posting, Mrs. P at createartwithme.blogspot.com

Joanna Davis said...

working on these right this moment with my kindergartners! i think i saw you post them earlier...thanks for the inspiration!

Jen said...

This is really adorable! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea. I loved the details of this board. 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