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!”
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.
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.