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How Do You Know Something is a Sculpture?

Resource Type
Grade Level:
Art Elements

Self-Paced Lesson

Students will learn about what is a sculpture. They will match the key aspects of sculptures to different sculpture examples from the Autry Museum's collection.  Students will make their own sculptures out of materials they have around the home or in nature.


CA VA: Cr2.1: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches.

Lesson and Resources

Lesson: How Do You Know Something is a Sculpture? Grades K-1; Spanish

Student Response Sheet: Sculptures Grades K-1 Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish

Associated Education Resources

Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments

Whole Class In-Person Learning: Student groups. Cut out and have student groups match. Or, have students walk around and find their match.

Whole Class Distance Learning: Students find sculptures in their surroundings and share out with class online.

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
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