June 12

Modern Art Sculptures

You’ll never guess what these sculptures are made from? We created these unique sculptures using wood, a wire coat hanger, a stocking, white liquid glue, and acrylic paint. First we fashioned a shape with the coat hanger, creating lots of twists and turns. We were careful not to limit our creativity and just “went with it”. After that we covered the coat hanger with a regular ladies stocking, pulling the stocking tightly around the wood, and tying it . Once we did this the sculpture really took shape. We then painted a couple of coats of watered down liquid glue and let the sculpture dry over night. Next, we imagined! What would our sculptures be? A fish? A whale’s tail? An octopus? We let our imaginations run wild. Finally, we painted our sculptures to create these one of a kind sculptures. What do you see? Do you see the creature or creation in each sculpture? Want to try this yourself? Then check out these instructions for a Wire-Stocking Sculpture.

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Posted June 12, 2012 by Mrs. McKelvey in category Art

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Hello my name is Karen McKelvey and I am a 3rd grade teacher at Curie Elementary School in San Diego, California. I began teaching at Curie Elementary in 2002. I feel fortunate to be part of such a great community. I love blogging with my students as it provides them with an authentic audience for their work. Collaborative group work and project-based learning are key components of my classroom. I completed my Masters degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University in 2010. Many of the concepts/pedagogy and technologies I learned about in this program, like learning management systems, Google tools, and blogs are implemented in my classroom. Technology plays a key role in the learning that occurs in our classroom. We don’t learn about technology, we learn with technology. Students are engaged in activities that incorporate writing, research skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and much more on a daily basis.

6 thoughts on “Modern Art Sculptures

  1. 2k

    Hi there Grade 3,
    We are grade 2K from Victoria Australia. Wow your sculptures are absolutely amazing. Your are so clever making those. Did it take a long time?

    1. Mrs. McKelvey (Post author)

      Dear Grade 2K,
      It took about two days to do the sculptures. We prepared the sculptures the first day and painted them with white glue. They had to dry overnight. The next day we painted them with acrylic paints.

      Thanks for the compliment.
      Mrs. McKelvey’s Class

  2. Hamish & Taine

    Wow that is awesome I don’t think I could do that. From Hamish
    Wow that’s cool. That looks hard to make. From Taine

  3. maddie blitz

    Hi i’m maddie school of newlands intermidate school newlands wellington newzeald. In class i have been doing hanger sculptures and i have been doing one of youre ones, the whale tale is one of my favourite and one of my freinds in room 10 is doing youre flower petal one. her email is gandhiesha@newlandsint.school.nz we would love some facts about you to help us with our project.
    your sincerilay


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