Sixth grade students in Mr. Mahland’s Art Classes at Neil Armstrong Middle School had fun learning how to make plaster figure sculptures.
What made the project even more fun was the fact that the students had to model their sculptures after themselves, doing something that they enjoy doing.
The students used newspaper to create a scarecrow-like framework for their sculptures, then they were able to reshape their figurines into different positions to depict their particular activity.
Once their sculptures were posed, they were covered with plaster, painted and then the students added details such as hair and faces and objects that depicted their activity.
Some of the activities the students enjoy doing are football, basketball, dancing, reading, skateboarding and volleyball.
Mr. Mahland is always amazed at the final product. “The students always come up with great ideas for their sculptures that I hadn’t thought of,” explained Mr. Mahland. “They enjoy the project because they can see themselves in their work.”
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to see some photos of the students with their figures.