We are almost finished with a few of our large scale sculptures in our Artist Harvest project! Although we didn’t hold classes for a week during spring break, we used the time to keep sculpting. Here’s our progress report for the month of May.
We have once again been focusing on three main pieces: the Munch-Room (inspired by Edward Munch), Vincent Van Gogh Bananas (inspired by Vincent Van Gogh) and Salvador Straw-Dali (inspired by Salvador Dali).
The Munch-room is completely built and has been painted by both students and staff with “The Scream”. This process has involved some trial and error, as we work with ways to make it possible for the children to do their part. One method we have tried is to have the staff sketch on the main parts of the image, and have the children paint it in, almost like a paint by number. Since we have been allowing our advanced students (in our full-year Art Intensives classes) do the painting, we have been allocating painting duties based on their skill level.
Our Salvador Straw-Dali is now starting to resemble a strawberry (and not a pear!) since we have built and added leaves.
Vincent Van Gogh Bananas has kept evolving and growing over the past month. After one round of plastering it was looking too rectangular, so we figured a way to round out the sides by adding crumpled paper and plastering over that. Soon we will be painting both Salvador Straw-Dali and Vincent Gogh Bananas.
Next up for our attention is Peppered Pollock (inspired by Jackson Pollock). The framework is complete and we will be beginning to plaster it as our next step.
We’ve come up with a way to keep the sculptures both on display and out of harm’s way, by corralling them by the windows in our front classroom. Passersby get to see the progress we are making, even without coming into the studio.
Do you have a favorite fruit or vegetable sculpture yet?