How does sculptor Halima Cassell make her carved ceramic works? Find out and get inspired to try yourself.
Key Stage:KS 3&4
Overview:This lesson can be used:
-to start a sculpture project,
-to foster an understanding of the link between discoveries made outside the arts, and artists practice
-to practice the use of maquettes as preliminary studies for 3d work and be aware of its similarities to the use of sketches prior to painting.
Suggested Classroom Activity
This film shows artist Halima Cassell at work in her studio and talking about her carved clay sculptures. This film introduces the processes and helps to explain some of the thinking behind her work. The aim of this 4 minute film is to inspire students to want to have a go themselves at using the techniques demonstrated in a similar way to Halima does.
Suggested Classroom Activity cont
In this short clip Halima Cassell talks about how a project at college inspired her to find her own identity and helped to develop her work into what we see today.
Task the students with a similar project to the one that so inspired Halima at college. Ask your group to design a decorative ceramic form inspired by a holiday destination they know or wish to research. Their inspiration could be Clacton, it could be Casablanca, it is entirely up to them.
What you will need
To make a clay sculpture in response to the brief you will need:
-Your own geometric design inspired by a pattern on a building near you.
-Simple pottery clay carving tools
Examples of geometric sculptures
This example sheet shows work by artists making sculpture using geometric designs in a similar way to Halima Cassell. It may give you ideas for your sculpture design project.