Submitted by: Wendy Free, formerly at Eastside High School, Gainesville, Florida (Now at Atlanta, GA) Unit: Abstract Art - Painting Lesson Plan: Sculptural Painting - Elizabeth Murray Grade Level: Middle school through high school
Review the work of Elizabeth Murray. There are videos on that page (as well as on the bottom of this page) that show how she works and pictures of her art. Elizabeth creates three-dimensional paintings she calls sculptural painting. Following a review and discussion of her art, students will then begin sketching their ideas and coloring them in with colored pencils. (See picture below) Once students have a design they are happy with, they cut their shapes out of very thick paper or tag board. Students have the option of painting their paper pieces before they are glued together or after. Once the paper sculpture is painted, they may be attached to a frame or other object that can be hung on the wall.
Optional: To enhance the 3D effect, students may use pieces of Styrofoam rather than paper for their three dimensional shapes to be painted. This will more closely resemble the art of Elizabeth Murray.
Students should design and color their designs on paper first before constructing the project.
Students will study the abstract work of Elizabeth Murray
Students will sketch out their ideas for their sculptural paintings
Students will cut out their shapes and paint them in an abstract style
Students will construct their sculptural paintings and mount them.
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