SteAm, 6th -7th Grade, The Art Cafe, Ms Slomowitz

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We are now working on “Movement” in 3D space. We started by looking at Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti’s (1901-1966) Bronze of Walking Man (1949). This is a tall gaunt expressive figure that some see as an interpretation of the horrors of war and the holocaust. Giacometti said “I am not sculpting human figures but the shadow that they cast”.

Students started by building an armature of a human body out of thin wire. Once the pose of the figure was determined the students attached it to the base. The armature and base were then wrapped around in aluminum foil to build out the figure and base. The sculpture was then covered in hardening glue and once dry painted in bronze metallic paint and then burnished in black paint. It was finished off with a final coat of acrylic vanish.