Sculpture - working with found materials
This lesson plan introduces the idea of making sculpture from natural materials found in the landscape around you. Firstly watch artist Heather Toulson demonstrate how to work with found materials at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and then have go yourself with things you find around your school.
This workshop was delivered on one half day by artist Heather Toulson with a group of Year 6 pupils. We suggest you break the workshop into two sessions, individual and group sculptures. The end product of these sessions should be a series of photographs and not the work itself which is meant to be temporary. For the group sculpture we recommend that you create groups no bigger than six to eight pupils otherwise it becomes difficult for everybody to be fully involved without adult intervention.
Follow the links on this page to find out more about the work of Andy Goldsworthy.
Key Stage:KS2&3 Art and Design
Overview:The six films show how the group we worked with created sculpture from found materials. This lesson plan can be used to:
To start a sculpture project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials. As part of study of any artist using natural materials in their work.
As part of individual study.
Begin by watching this film of artist Andy Goldsworthy at work in the gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on a large scale chestnut screen.
Ground rules for collecting natural materials to be ingredients for a sculpture.
Making a personal selection of materials
Techniques for joining materials; pinning with thorns, tying with string and weaving.
Practicing the construction techniques by making individual sculptures.
Starting a group sculpture
A large-scale group project with more substantial materials.
Building a group sculpture
Devising new techniques for construction and the need for collaboration.
Reflecting on the process and the end product.
A teacher reflects on the social-skills benefits from the workshop and the links to other parts of the curriculum.