Students will answer the question How Do You Know Something Is A Sculpture? by analyzing different sculptures 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 2-5; Spanish
Student Response Sheet: Sculptures Grades 2-5 Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish
Associated Education Resources
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person Learning: Scavenger hunt in classroom for two and three dimensional items, shapes, and materials. Jigsaw different sculptures and sculptural elements to groups. Groups share out. Teacher documents groups responses on elements of a sculpture. (Part 6: assign student groups an emotion. Part 7: do as a class to point out movement.)
Whole Class Distance Learning: Scavenger hunt at home for one of each: two and three dimensional items, shapes, and materials. Share via distance learning platform. Jigsaw different sculptures and sculptural elements to groups in breakout rooms. Share out. Teacher documents groups responses on elements of a sculpture.
Tech Fun: Jamboard or Padlet: describe materials used for sculptures, shapes, and emotions. Take poll to see if students can guess materials or emotions in sculpture, poll to guess if an object is or is not a sculpture Whiteboard: students can draw/write on images to point out shapes and movement.