BRONXVILLE, NY – Fifth grade students at Bronxville Elementary School created their own 3D sculptures as part of a pop art unit in Kendall Fousek’s art class. Equipped with foil, tape, wood, paint and their creativity, students were challenged to build colorful moving figures.
“Each sculptural figure was unique,” Fousek said. “The students invested in their creative process, focused on their work and shared their discoveries. Watching them go through the different challenges and stages, I saw them proud of their own work and that of others.”
Throughout their studies, students discussed how artists are influenced by history, culture, and innovation. They examined the works of Andy Warhol, as well as those of Keith Haring, whose energetic, brightly colored imagery served as a springboard for the sculpture project.
Fousek said that while viewing a Haring’s work, students saw that they were colorful, upbeat and positive and expressed movement.
“They noticed that his numbers were not representative of any particular person but were universal,” he said. “In art, we often discuss the elements of art and how the artist incorporates them into their work. Our study of sculpture provided a practical understanding of form. We discussed the principle of movement and the ways we could manipulate the materials to demonstrate unique movements.”
Working on the sculpture project gave the young artists the opportunity to create 3D works of art, the teacher said. They first cast aluminum foil to create an armature for their figure, then continued to build their shape with foil before layering it with tape, which reinforced the shape and provided a smooth surface on which to paint. They sanded the wood to create a base for their sculptures and completed their projects by painting the figures in bright colors.
“Students gained a better understanding of sculptural form and the relationship between art and culture,” Fousek said. “They also better understood that while creating art can and is an individual experience, creating art can also be collaborative in nature. Collaboration happens literally and in the way that artists often create within a community of people. others, sharing ideas and expertise.”