We did it!

Anthony, Hussam and Kiara brainstorming a story for the final presentation.

Anthony, Hussam and Kiara brainstorming a story for the final presentation.

Another shot of the piece, Shelter On My Head.

Another shot of the piece, Shelter On My Head.

Miamor with her puppet, Smarty Smarter.

Miamor with her puppet, Smarty Smarter.

 

Kiara with her wearable sculpture, Heartalena.

Kiara with her wearable sculpture, Heartalena.

 

Joshua and Evynn preparing for practice.

Joshua and Evynn preparing for practice.

 

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The cast for the first half of the performance.

The cast for the first half of the performance.

 

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Detail of the piece, Shelter on My Head.

Detail of the piece, Shelter on My Head.

 

Hussam with his kinetic sculpture, Time Master.

Hussam with his kinetic sculpture, Time Master.

 

 

After five weeks of art lessons, brainstorming, practice work, sketching, construction and practice, the Sculpture & Performance class completed a performance with music and wearable sculptures to be performed on the Carmalt stage on August 6th.  Twenty students in 6th and 7th grades worked through the 27 days of the program to see the project to completion.

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Getting down to business

Anthony adding paper mache to his big head sculpture.

Anthony adding paper mache to his big head sculpture.painting papermache

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Sculpture and Performance Activity Teacher, Ms. Wassel, reading an example for the writing project.

Sculpture and Performance Activity Teacher, Ms. Wassel, reading an example for the writing project.

Ten minutes at the beginning of each class is dedicated to writing an artist manifesto.

Ten minutes at the beginning of each class is dedicated to writing an artist manifesto.

 

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Hussam creating gears for a functioning clock sculpture, to be worn like a hat.

Hussam creating gears for a functioning clock sculpture, to be worn like a hat.

 

Trinity with her multi-level house for cats.

Trinity with her multi-level house for cats.

 

A "Catfish" head piece.

A “Catfish” head-piece.

After we hit the half-way point, students worked hard to get their wearable sculptures ready for public presentation.  As one student wrote in his journal, “It was time to get down to business!”

Wearable Sculpture

 

The beginning stage of a wearable sculpture.

The beginning stage of a wearable sculpture.

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A tool use and safety demonstration by Mr. Tom.

A tool use and safety demonstration by Mr. Tom.

 

Miss Caitlin helping Trinity with her construction.

Miss Caitlin helping Trinity with her construction.

Students had access to a tool table to clamp and saw pieces of wood, or drill holes.

Students had access to a tool table to clamp and saw pieces of wood, or to drill holes.

 

Phil works on a piece to connect to his arm.

Phil works on a piece to connect to his arm.

 

 

 

In week 2, I made a presentation of the wearable sculpture of artist Nick Cave, the theater props and costumes designed by Julie Taymor, and the giant puppets of Bread and Puppet Theater.  For style and decoration ideas we also looked at work by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Trenton Doyle Hancock.  I also brought in some of my own puppets made from wood, cardboard, found objects and paint.  We spent several days sketching ideas for wearable sculptures and learning skills to use during the construction process.  Demonstrations during the week included Papier-mâché, wood tool skills and working with wire.  By the end of the week, students were busy building their structures.

Sculpture Contest

Three teams competed during each block on Monday, July 7th.  Each team had to work within a three foot by three foot square marked on the floor with masking tape.

Three teams competed during each block on Monday, July 7th. Each team had to work within a three-foot by three-foot square marked on the floor with masking tape.

Josh's team of two won the contest in block 4.  In Block three, all three sculptures fell down at the sound of the buzzer.

Josh’s team of two won the contest in block 4. In Block three, all three sculptures fell down at the sound of the buzzer.

Some held pieces in place while others fastened parts together.

Some held pieces in place, while others fastened parts together.

Each team was given a roll of masking tape, a dowel rod, three yards of string and a small pile of cardboard.

Each team was given a roll of masking tape, a dowel rod, three yards of string and a small pile of cardboard.

Teamwork and communication was essential.

Teamwork and communication was essential.

The object of the challenge was to build the tallest structure in ten minutes.  Work had to be freestanding and had to remain intact for ten seconds.

The object of the challenge was to build the tallest structure in ten minutes. Work had to be freestanding and had to remain intact for ten seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Dreamers Academy, Week 1

A demonstration by Mr. Tom to begin the class.

A demonstration by Mr. Tom to begin the class.

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Collage time!

Collage time!

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Project 1: collage with drawing.

Project 1: collage with drawing.

Sculpture model construction.

Sculpture model construction by Elizha.  

A student uses supports to create a second level on her sculpture.

Trinity uses supports to create a second level on her sculpture.

Gathering materials for construction.

Shashak gathtering materials for construction.

Mr. Tom reviewing the process for sculpture making.

Mr. Tom reviewing the process for sculpture making.

Student with sculpture model.

Phil with sculpture model.

Students cut cardboard shapes to make a sculptural model at least 12 inches high.

Students cut cardboard shapes to make a sculptural model at least 12 inches high.

An artist starting the second project, a sculptural model in cardboard and string.

An artist starting the second project, a sculptural model in cardboard and string.

Mr. Tom talking about modern sculpture.

Mr. Tom talking about modern sculpture.

Students took turns modeling for each other for figure sketches and contour line drawing.

Students took turns modeling for each other for figure sketches and contour line drawing.

For the first project, students were asked to make a collage using their favorite colors, textures and patterns.

For the first project, students were asked to make a collage using their favorite colors, textures and patterns.

The participants in the Sculpture & Performance activity at Camp Carmalt are off to a great start!  It the first week, students personalized their own sketchbooks, practiced sketching the figure, made self-portrait collages, and constructed sculptural models.  As the projects progressed from two-dimensional collage to three-dimensional construction, students learned valuable skills that will help them in their final Sculpture & Performance presentation.

Sculpture & Performance is a program of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, taught and developed by artist Tom Sarver.  Participants recently completed sixth and seventh grades.  The class is part of Summer Dreamers Academy, a summer learning program offered by Pittsburgh Public Schools.