In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about art sculptures. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Sculpture topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Sculpture
Visit an art museum with your whole class, either in person or virtually using tours available on many museums’ websites. Look at different sculptures and discuss them. Ask questions to foster discussion: What message or idea is the artist communicating through his or her sculpture? How does the work make you feel? What details in the work make you feel that way? Students may wish to sketch their favorite sculptures and take notes. Some museums offer guided tours and may create a special tour about sculptures just for your class.
Remind students that many memorials have statues to commemorate and honor an important person. Together, research famous memorials, such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. What does the pose of the statue tell you about the person or about the artist’s view of the person? Then invite students to create a statue of their own. They may want to model the statue after a historical figure or community leader. They may want to recreate a special or important moment that occurred in their neighborhood. Have students create their statues and share them with the whole class. You may wish students to write a report about their artistic intention as well as background information about the person or people they are honoring.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Sculpture
Visit a museum or art gallery together and look at different sculptures. Ask your child to choose a sculpture that inspires him or her. Have your child sketch the sculpture from different angles and take detailed notes about the construction or execution. Then allow your child to try recreating the sculpture at home. Encourage him or her to use materials that are different from that of the original artist.
Light and Sound
Sculptures can go beyond stone, wood, and metal. Many artists incorporate light and sound into their pieces. Invite your child to create a light or sound sculpture. You may want to research different examples at the library, museum, or on the Internet. Encourage your child to create a sculpture that uses colored lights or music. He or she may want to create sound effects that accompany a sculpture or record different sounds around the home.