Submitted by: Linda Kieling, Rosemont Ridge Middle School West Linn, Oregon UNIT: Relief Sculpture Lesson: "Oh What a Relief" Alternate lesson: - Collaboration - "Tiles" Printmaking Lesson: - Glue Relief with Foil to finish plate Foil Frame - Altered Book Embellishment - Fine Art Pins by Bunki Kramer.
1. Present the idea of "personal identity - self portrait" - a different kind of self portrait using images and symbolism. Show some examples of different kinds of portraits (such as collections of objects). Discuss objects/works of art (this could be done before or after the art making lesson) - this is for Standards 4 and 5.
2. Demonstrate relief techniques using cardboard (and assorted chosen materials) - and way to cover with foil.
3. Demonstrate texturing with dull pencil and demonstrate antique process.
Select some examples of bronze and/or aluminum cast relief sculptures.
Goal: Students will create a self-portrait in relief that includes images representing their interests. Texture papers (etc) can be used for negative spaces (optional). Create a variety of relief elements.
Brief process description: Students cut shapes for there portrait and their items of interest out of poster board. A layer of paper towel is cut to fit each piece and glued on each piece as well as the cardboard being used as the background (paper towel provides a cushion to receive dull pencil textures).
All of these are then covered with foil. They are tooled with a dull pencil to create patterns, textures, details and areas of interest. The background and pieces are rubbed with shoe polish and allowed to dry. Scrap cardboard is attached to the back of each piece and then glued to the background in a variety of heights.
1. Brainstorm on list of symbols/objects to represent "self".
2. Make simple sketches on newsprint for composition
3. Transfer shapes to cardboard and cardboard scrap
4. (Optional) Layer shapes with tag board and scraps of cardboard for more relief interest.
5. (Optional) Pad with one layer of paper toweling and glue on foil (Omit this step if layered tag board and cardboard is used for shapes).
6. Smooth on foil - forcing into textures and texture with dull pencil
7. Glue small cardboard scraps to back side to raise up in relief on back board.
8. Glue foil to background board - and assemble shapes. Add any additional textures to negative space.
9. Write a reflective piece on how sculpture represents self.
Collect an assortment of music (instrumental only- you can download MP3 music from Amazon). Pre-cut cardboard for printing plates (6 x 9
inches or 8 x 10 inches would be good).
Present life and times of Wassily Kindinsky - show and discuss examples of works (before or after the art making lesson). Kandinsky worked to music.
Paint along with students - make several of your own line works to the music. This doesn't take much demonstration.
Demonstrate how to make a printing plate with White Glue - it is often best to put on two layers of glue (second layer after the first has dried - depending on how thick you glue is).
Demonstrate proper printing method to get clean prints.
Paint with black ink to music - make a new composition for each selection of music. Save all paintings as they can be used for projects later.
Select favorite line painting to make a glue relief plate. Transfer lines to cardboard plate (recycled corrugated cardboard works great).
Go over lines with white
glue (it may take two coats to cover) - let dry completely.
While printing plates are drying, students could be painting
left over line paintings. Use Tempera Paint or Watercolor Paint.
Seal printing plate
Print onto white or colored Printmaking Paper using black ink (or any dark color). Roll ink onto
printing plate - thin even coats of ink. Move to clean surface - place paper over inked plate. Rub with back side of wooden spoon.
Sample showing antique
Student work - click images for larger views
Bunki Kramer done frames with students both with silver tape and with aluminum fold on
tag board frames students cut themselves (poster board or corrugated cardboard could be used). Bunki took Tim Holtz's class and did this same lesson with him using silver tape.
Bunki liked the aluminum foil technique better because it was easier to handle for them. They cut their own tag board frames and use tag board/cardboard scraps to add the relief. They covered all of the frame with Elmer's, crumpled alum. foil and spread it out over the frame creasing into the corners of the reliefs. They used black tempera mixed with a little hand soap from the sink dispensers and them wiped off black excess with soft paper towels. They sealed them with clear nail polish (you might try different sealants)
Furnace Foil Tap Frame: Tim Holtz's mirror idea was on DIY web site, you could cut out corrugated cardboard frames (a local frame shop cut mine for me one year - real cheap - I was on a time crunch) - or poster board mats. Students could add card board relief elements to the frame. Burnish on the wide foil tape - clip tape to wrap the edges of cardboard. Brush with India ink to antique (or use thinned Acrylic Paint to
stain). These frames could turn their work into a real treasure - framed with silver.
Foil Relief Jewelry - Altered Book Embellishment - from Bunki Kramer
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This foil tape/aluminum foil relief might give you some ideas for art show awards.