My oldest son is so creative. It amazes me, the things that he does with paper and cardboard boxes; some days he will sit with paper and colored pencils or pastels and just make the most amazing things! I want to encourage that even though I have zero artistic abilities myself. He gets all he has from his dad, I swear! Anyway, we have loved ARTistic Pursuits when we have been so blessed to review them in the past and so…We were more than happy, we were jubilant, to help ARTistic Pursuits Inc. again, this time reviewing Sculpture Technique Construct. My son was thrilled to have the chance to learn and do something new too!
This was definitely a new frontier for my oldest son, who is 10, to tackle. He was so eager to get this though when it came he just dove right in. No fear! Sculpture Technique Construct is recommended for ages 11-18 so this was definitely a challenge for us! But my oldest has been so into three-dimensional everything lately, this seemed like a great way to encourage him. Some of the projects in this include things like papermaking and paper cache; there are projects which require cardboard and wire. All the lessons in this book teach the process of working with these and other materials to create whatever they can imagine. But in 3D. 🙂
This is a great way to introduce your kids to the world of sculpting can I say? I had a friend when I was younger who was a sculptor and some of the things he created, with so many different materials, just amazed me. I always wished I had more patience, and a more vivid imagination, to be able to create things like so many sculptors do. Needless to say, this is something that, I get excited about seeing my son, get excited about. Does that make sense? Lol
Back to our review — when my son got this he instantly flipped the book open and began reading. And I heard him, “yes mom, feel like this all the time” loudly and vigorously. He was answering the question posed in the first page, of this book, “Are there times when you get the urge to make something with your hands? something that is uniquely yours..that will last…” He was so excited, as if this question was written just for him!
Now there were some supplies we had to make a special trip to get ahold of. And there were some we had to order even! (like a paper making dip handhold kit) Much of what we needed however, we already had around the house – a painting pale, long nose pliers, spray bottle, construction paper, newspaper, sculpture wire (we used metal coat hangers ourselves) … Process is shown for each project within this book along with examples; very inspiring ones I might add. If you are anything like me, don’t worry — there are also plenty of very clear and simple instructions provided to walk you (and your kids) through every step as you create.
Unit one teaches on paper making. It begins with explaining FORM. This one was pretty tricky for my son. Much like origami (he said) the paper is taking on a two dimensional shape — based upon how we bend or fold the paper — we create something that is living, in a sense. From one simple sheet of paper, we can suddenly have an airplane that coasts across the room or a horse, or flower. That flat paper that can only lie down, when we are done with it can be upright showing life! What inspiration to take that paper and give it greater meaning. My younger son loves making paper airplanes, so that was his contribution to our study on paper making. My oldest son, got a bit more creative. He also learned that, when working with paper, time should be fairly irrelevant. Paper requires a gentler touch; patience and determination as you crease and cut, and sometimes crease and cut some more. In the end he did manage to fold and design his way to a nice rocket ship which flew, a bit, and was also able to stand upright. Until our doggie caught it. (Sometimes there is a downside to dog training — get it boy — have to be careful since he does not understand sarcasm). At least my son was glad the dog obeyed his command.
Did you know that most paper is made from tree fibers? And did you know that its actually pretty simple to make your own paper? We got to do just that using our blender (ninja). This is also where that dip handhold came in handy; it is both the frame and the mold. My kids definitely all loved this; my little ones love to tear paper so their job was to tear it so we could soak it. Again, the step by step instructions (which include visual images) are such a great help! My oldest did the majority of this on his own; calling in assistance from his brother and sister periodically.
There is also a unit on paper cache which I admit we did not tackle. Yet. I am sure we will when it is nicer and we can do this kind of thing outside but for now — I guess I am a bit wary of this kind of project in my kitchen. With my boys. I am sure it would be something; paper cache abounding throughout the kitchen. There is also a unit on planes in cardboard. One that my oldest son is very eager to do as well; he actually started building a cardboard castle with some old cereal boxes and paper towel rolls but unfortunately it did not last long as he forgot to bring it back into the house and it rained….I give him credit for being determined enough to start it again. Perhaps this time I can encourage him to try something other than a castle…and maybe we will even get some good shots of it as he builds too.
This has been such a great introduction to art and sculpting for all three of my kiddos. In fact we even have a visit scheduled to a local art museum. My kids cannot wait to visit and tour the various exhibits there. I am certain my oldest son will keep building and creating as well; there is just so much in this book to inspire and encourage. I do believe that this is a fabulous way for all of our kids, at every age and stage, to expand their creativity and inspire themselves and one another.
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