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Arts Toolkit: Visual Arts Idea File

Grades:

5-12

Idea File:

Playing Card Sculptures

Students analyze an abstract sculpture and then create their own out of playing cards.

Teaching Concepts:

  • Shapes can create movement in sculpture.

Academic Content

  • Visual Arts: elements of art/creating art

Lesson Idea

Resource: The Red Feather by Alexander Calder, from the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts gallery of the Kentucky Virtual Art Museum CD-ROM

Open: Show the image of the sculpture The Red Feather by Alexander Calder from the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts gallery of the Kentucky Virtual Art Museum CD-ROM.

Discuss: How is it that this sculpture seems to be animated even though all the pieces are perpendicular to the ground? What style is this artwork? Does the sculpture’s name fit it? What else might it be named?

Create: Give each student two playing cards. Have the students cut shapes from the cards. Shapes may be free-form or elemental shapes such as squares, rectangles, etc. or a combination of both. Cut slots in the shapes to fit them together to make a free-standing abstract sculpture. Each student should give his or her sculpture a name.

Discuss: How difficult was this to do? How do these sculptures “stand”? How do the designs on the backs and faces of the cards add interest to the sculptures?

Author: Nancy Carpenter

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