Introduce the artwork of Clayton Pond with a background reading and photo examples of his work. Compare to the Pop Art genre.
Assign students the task of creating a relief sculpture of an everyday item, as inspired by the relief wood sculptures of Clayton Pond.
List requirements: a) project will have a 15x20 (38 x 50.8 cm) foam core base; subject must fill most of the space in relief; must have at least 2 layers of relief; the object must be cropped; no part of the composition should be painted with one flat colorâ€"multiple colors (2 or more) are required; and careful thought should be given to color choices and combinations to enhance the finished design.
Students pick an everyday object that is found in the art room or at school. Students should sketch ideas first in order to make creative choices. Work will be a reflection on "culture".
Student should sketch their chosen subject onto the base foam core to plan for placement of the relief. Then draw the subject on another piece of foam core and cut it out to be relief. Use caution when cutting all pieces!
Students plan colors and then paint using multiple colors in each area. No relief pieces should be glued until painting is complete.
After all pieces are painted and dry, students assemble the relief. Note: some elements could be placed in higher relief using foam core spacers.
Students will create a 15x20 relief sculpture, inspired by the work of Clayton Pond, using two or more layers of Styrofoam and two or more Acrylic Paint colors in each area in 3-7 class periods.