- Easier - Sculpture
is the act and art of making three-dimensional
works of art such as statues. A statue is an image
such as a person or animal that is sculpted in a
solid substance. The Statue of Liberty and Rodin's
The Thinker are two well-known statues.
- Sculptures may be carved, chiseled, modeled,
cast, or constructed. They can be made of many
different materials such as wood, stone, clay,
metal, sand, ice, and even balloons. A person who
creates sculpture is called an sculptor.
- Harder - Sculptors
use many different materials in their work such as
stone, bronze, clay, iron, steel, paper, metal,
marble, wood, soap, chocolate, butter, balloons,
ice, snow, and sand. There are many end products
including carousels, dolls, animals, action
figures, mobiles, and kinetic sculptures. These
pieces of art maybe placed inside or outside.
Gargoyles on building ledges and sculpture gardens
are two examples of outside sculptures.
- Sculptures are often thematic on topics such as
wildlife, religion, tradition, or fun. Many people
create sculptures from found objects such as
recycled materials. New technologies are used to
create interesting artwork that includes computers,
holograms, and light.
- Wonderful examples of sculpture can be found
throughout the world. Sculpture has been an
important part of culture since ancient times.
- Four processes are used in sculpture including
subtraction, substitution, addition, and
- Explore artists by type of medium, time period,
- Other Websites to Search by Sculptor: (use
the word sculpture in your search)
- Web Gallery of Art http://gallery.euroweb.hu/search.html
- Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco http://www.thinker.org/fam/advancedsearch.html
Museum of Indianapolis: Arts Workshop
- This interactive website for children answers
the following questions: Does sculpture have a
purpose? Who are these sculptors? What do sculptors
create with? What do sculptors so? What do
- Similar Website for Students About Artists
- Bottlecaps to Brushes http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/education/kids/cappy/
Visits the Sculpture Garden -
National Gallery of Art
- This animated, musical story follows Gordon and
Lizzy's adventure in the sculpture garden at the
National Gallery of Art. Follow the story or use
the map to explore many different kinds of
sculptures. You see Lizzy's drawing and information
along with a photo and other information each
- A Comprehensive Resource for
- This website provides links for educators and
sculptors. Explore famous sculptors, professional
groups, art education sites, sculpture materials
and types, sculpture locations, advanced
technology, and business materials for professional
sculptors. Individual pages are provided on
Augustus St. Gaudens, Alexander Calder, Donald De
Lue, Michelangelo, Randolph Rogers, and Bela Lyon
- Webpages of Interest to Students and
Teachers Within the Website:
- Children's Sculpture Gallery http://www.sculptor.org/ChildrensSculptureGallery.htm
- Individual Sculptors http://www.sculptor.org/sculptors.htm
- Using the websites, complete the
- Explore the World of Sculpture.
Try the Bottlecaps
to Brushes activity. Follow a giraffe
as his shows different artists and
- Take a Virtual Field Trip. You
can take a virtual field trip to sculpture
parks around the world. Click on International
Directory of Sculpture Parks and
Gardens to see a map of parks to
visit. Select a park you'd like to visit.
What would you ask the sculptor when
visiting the park or garden? For more fun,
visit the sculpture
garden with Lizzy! Create your own
virtual sculpture garden.
- Take a Stand. Read about SOS
Outdoor Sculpture". Do you think this
is important? Read the guidelines on
a Monument. Identify the outdoor
sculptures in your community. What can you
do in your community to save an outdoor
- Create Clay Animation. Clay is
lots of fun. Create some claymation.
- Take an Art Safari. Try the
Safari project. It will read aloud a
series of questions about a piece of
sculpture. Then, create a story based on
your answer. After following the
directions, create your own project.
Choose a photograph of a sculpture and
write some questions for others to
- Design an Author Sculpture Garden.
Visit the Beverly
Cleary Sculpture Garden. Explore the
statues of different characters from her
books. Create your own sculpture garden
for your favorite author. Or, draw a
picture of what the sculpture garden would
look like. Include ideas from the
settings, plots, and character's of your
- Create a Wind Sculpture. Make a
windmill, whirligig or other fun outdoor
moving sculpture. Go to the Try
These page for ideas.
- Create a New Mount Rushmore.
Rushmore is a giant sculpture. If you
were creating a sculpture with the giant
images of four famous people, who would
you include? Use Photoshop or other
software to create a picture of your
version of Mount Rushmore.
- Explore Sculpture of the World.
Choose the sculpture or sculptor of a
period. Compare and contrast this
sculpture to another country or time
period. Use the Inspiration software for
- Interview a sculptor. Explore
the life and work of a favorite
sculptor or famous
sculpture or artist to explore. Take
on the role of this sculptor and answer
questions that others ask through
- Create a Poster. Explore
on sculpture. Select a quotation and
write about whether you agree or disagree
with the statement and why. Choose a
photograph of a piece of sculpture that
best reflects the quotation. Create a
poster using Microsoft Word or other
- Write about a Spooky Gargoyle.
Take a virtual field trip of the
gargoyles around New York City called
Love of Monsters. Read about Gargoyles
and Sculpture. Go to the Gargoyles
of Portugal page. Explore the photos
to other sites with gargoyles. Pick a
photo and write a spooky story based on
- Send a Gargoyle Postcard. Send
a sculpture postcard such as a Gargoyle
- Create a Sculpture. Explore
processes in sculpture subtraction,
substitution, addition, and manipulation.
Create a sculpture using one of these
- Build a Sandcastle. Go to the
World Sand Sculpting Competition page
and examine the entries. Select your
favorite and write about why you think it
should get the award. Try creating a
- Express Your Opinion. Read the
Crazy Horse. Add your ideas to the
online discussion or hold your own class
- Explore Famous Sculptures.
Explore a famous sculpture such as Rodin's
of Liberty, or Secrets
of Easter Island. Why do you think
these sculptures are so famous? Trace the
history of the sculpture and make a
brochure for people who might want to
- Take a Close Look. Explore some
sculpture up-close. Discuss what it looks
like when you look at it with a magnifying
glass. Try the activity What
is it? activity and What
is it? page that focuses on details in
sculptures. Also, try the Symbols
in Art activity.
- Make Paper Sculptures. Learn to
make your own paper
sculptures. Go to the Travel
to Oriland and Joseph
Wu's Origami Page websites for some
- Create Food Art. Create some
art that is so good you could eat it.
Explore the sculpture on the Please
Eat the Art page. Create your own food
- Make Balloon Sculpture.
Everyone loves balloons. Learn about an
animal. Make a balloon
sculpture! Check out some student
projects. Give the sculptures to
- Complete a WebQuest. You can
find many webquests that involve students
in making sculpture as part of the
project. A few are listed below. Explore
one of the webquests below:
- 1) Art for Sale http://www.itdc.sbcss.k12.ca.us/curriculum/artforsale.html
- 2) Bears http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/dwilliams/bears.htm
- 3) Castle Builder http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/castle_builder/
- 4) Design a Garden http://www.walkerart.org/ace/ed_activities/units_i/desgarden_fr.html
- 5) Loch Ness Monster http://www.stfx.ca/people/x2000/x2000ist/webquest.html
- 6) Monumental Design http://www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/barrett/webquest/art/index.html
- 7) The Novel and the Art http://www.harlan-ind.k12.ky.us/teacherProjects/Vball/vballwq/vball
- 8) Out of this World Design http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/play/id2/index.html
- 9) Romantic Themes WebQuest (high
- 10) What Portraits Reveal (Grades
- 11) Who Sculpted Angel? (elementary)
- 12) Wonderful World of Whales
- 13) Women Artists (high school)
- Websites By Kids For Kids
of Japan - Sculpture
- This student project focuses on the sculpture
of Japan. It includes the history of sculpture and
- Learn about the artists that work with clay
animation. Learn how to create your own clay
- This student project explores Ancient Greek
sculpture. Explore the Parthenon, methods of
sculpture, development of sculpted figures, and
sculpture and society.
to Design Paper Sculpture
- This student ThinkQuest project takes users
through the process of making paper sculptures. You
can also learn about the history of sculpture and
take a quiz.
Da Vinci: A Man of Both Worlds
- Explore the life and work of artist Leonardo Da
Vinci. Three levels of depth are provided.
- This project by fourth graders contains
information about the artist and examples at his
- This student project explores many aspects of
- Websites about Famous Sculptor
- Explore the work of this artist born in 1930 in
Poland who designed sculpture for the roof of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Learn about the famous artist, Alexander
Calder. At the website you'll find information
about his life and works.
- Related Websites:
- American Strategy - Creativity & Culture
- American Masters http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/calder_a.html
- This virtual exhibit from the National Gallery
of Art explores the art of Edgar Degas and his
depiction of equestrian subjects.
- Learn about this sculptor and his works.
- Examine the sculptures of this famous sculptor,
Donatello (c. 1386-1466) from Florence, Italy. Use
the sites below for additional information.
- Other Donatello Websites:
- Donatello http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/donatello.html
- Learn about this famous soap sculptor from the
1920s and 30s.
- Learn about this famous African American
sculptor from the 1870s.
- Learn about the life and work of Michelangelo
- Website Activities:
- Leonardo's Workshop http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/play/leonardo/index.html
Noguchi Garden Museum
- This website focused on the garden museum of
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). He is well-known for his
public art and sculpture gardens.
- Learn about Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)
through a National Park Service website that
features his home, gardens, and studios.
- Other Websites on Augustus
- American Masters http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/saint-gaudens_a.html
- Augusta Fells Savage (1882 - 1962) is a famous
African American sculptor who worked in Harlem in
the early 1900s.
Harden's Artchive - Sculptors
- This page provides information about the
following sculptors: Constantin Brancusi, Dale
Chihuly, Donatello, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara
Hepworth, Eva Hesse, Michelangelo, Henry Moore, and
- Individual Sculptors
- Learn about famous sculptors including
information, photos, and/or links.
Sculptures and Artists
- This web page links to lots of famous
sculptures and artists.
- Additional Websites About Sculpture
Years of Italian Sculpture
- This website contains information (in Italian)
and photos of sculptures through the 1200 year
history of sculpture in Italy. It includes sections
on High Medieval, Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance,
Baroque, and Modern sculpture. There is also a
location and artist index.
- Other Italian Sculpture Sites:
- Italian Renaissance http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/art/ren_italy/ren_sculpture01.html
- Italian Sculptures http://italianculture.about.com/culture/italianculture/cs/italiansculptures/index.htm?rnk=r10&terms=sculpture
- Explore 19th century sculpture from around the
world including neoclassic, romantic, realistic,
- Explore this website that contains information
about 20th century sculptors.
- In addition to definitions, this page links to
descriptions of the most important works of
sculptors from each time period from 1350 to
present. In addition, it contains links to related
- Other Glossaries on Sculpture:
- Art Concepts Related to Sculpture http://www.art.unt.edu/ntieva/artcurr/public/sos/sos18.htm
- Outdoor Public Sculpture http://www.art.unt.edu/ntieva/artcurr/public/sos/sos17.htm
- This is the headquarters for balloon
- Related Balloon Websites:
- Make a Balloon Sculpture http://www.professorwonder.com/balloon.htm
- Magicaly Balloon http://www.mbd2.com/
Museum of Art - Lady Alexandra's Egg-stravaganza
- This page contains examples of egg
Institute of Arts - Ancient Art -
- This website explores the sculpture of Ancient
Egypt. Egyptian art was highly symbolic. The
Egyptian sculptor used clay, wood, metal, ivory,
and stone. Stone was the most plentiful and
permanent. Sculpture was often painted.
- This website contains lots of art projects for
students including sculpture with clay.
Windmills to Whirligigs
- There are many types of sculptures. Windmills
and whiligigs are popular outdoor sculptures.
Explore lots of whirligigs. Go on a virtual
and Grotesques - Carved in Stone
- Learn about gargoyles and grotesques from the
past and present. The website contains links to
other sites with additional information and
photographs on this topic. Be sure to read the
- Other Gargoyles Websites:
- A Love of Monsters http://www.aardvarkelectric.com/gargoyle/
- Gargoyle Home Page http://ils.unc.edu/garg/garghp4.html
- Explore the Britannica encyclopedia overview of
the history of sculpture. This page links to many
other pages related to sculpture around the
- Explore a museum of tiny sculptures. They even
have a photo of the Statue of Liberty in the head
of a pin.
Directory of Sculpture Parks and
- The website contains a clickable map of the
Wu's Origami Page
- This is a wonderful origami website on
paperfolding. Explore galleries and diagrams.
- Other Paperfolding Websites:
- Exploratorium: Exploring Origami http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/
- Paperfolding.com http://www.paperfolding.com/
Putting Some Teeth Into Art and
- Learn about dinosaurs and how to make dinosaur
sculptures that move!
- This artist creates kinetic light sculpture
using computers. It is also combined with audio
- Peanut Butter Sculpture Dough
- This website provides lots of ideas for making
things. This page shows how to make peanut butter
- Other Learn2.com Sculpture Ideas:
- Arts and Crafts Learnlets http://www.learn2.com/browse/learnlets.asp?ch_id=1
- Make Homemade Paper http://www.learn2.com/06/0697/06972.asp
- Make Basic Origami http://www.learn2.com/08/0855/0855.asp
- Make Paper Mache http://www.learn2.com/browse/learnlet_detail.asp?learnlet_id=887&ch_id=1
- There are many different kinds of masks.
This website is a great starting point to
explore masks, mask makers, and masquerade.
Eat the Art
- This article focuses on artwork made of
- Check out the great sand sculptures. Read about
the history of sand history.
- Other Sand Sculpture Sites:
- Internet Center for Sand http://www.netaxs.com/~sparky/sand.html
- Sand Castle Tips and Tricks http://www.sandcastlecentral.com/tips/index.html
- Sandscapes http://www.sandscapes.com/Gallery.htm
- This website provides a great starting point
for your exploration of sculpture.
- Links to Specific Sculpture Forms:
- Decoys http://folkart.about.com/arts/folkart/cs/decoys/index.htm
- Papermaking and Paper Arts http://kidsartscrafts.about.com/kids/kidsartscrafts/cs/paperarts/index.htm
- Soap Carving http://kidsartscrafts.about.com/kids/kidsartscrafts/msubvisual_soap.htm
- Weathervane and Whirligigs http://folkart.about.com/arts/folkart/cs/whirligigsvanes/index.htm
American Art Museum
- Enter and artist or click 'sculpture' to
explore over 600 pieces of artwork.
- This virtual encyclopedia contains thousands of
virtual reality polyhedra that can be viewed and
manipulated in 3D as virtual reality files. It
includes background material on polygons; a "how
to" section on building paper models of polyhedra
in the classroom; and polyhedra and art;
- This page explores the many ways ceramics have
been made and used throughout the world.
- Other Greek Sculpture Sites:
- Ancient Greek Sculpture http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/art/greeksculp01.html
Ice Art Championships
- This website is the home of the World Ice Art
Championships in Alaska. Explore past and current
- Other Ice Sculptures:
- National Ice Carving Gallery http://www.nica.org/gallery.html
- Snow Sculptor and Snow Sculptures http://www.snowsculpt.com/
- Famous Sculptures
- This page provides background information about
the Crazy Horse monument.
of Easter Island
- Learn about the mysterious, giant statues of
- This National Park Service site provides an
overview of the memorial and the park.
- A Related Lesson:
- The Unfinished Lincoln Memorial http://www.nara.gov/education/teaching/memorial/memhome.html
Seven Wonders of the World
- Explore the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
- A Lesson on Wonders of the World:
- Wonder of the World http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/sevenwondersoftheworld-simplythebest/
- Statue of
- This National Park Service site provides an
overview of the statue and the park.
- Another Statue of Liberty Site:
- National Geographic: Light of Liberty http://www.nationalgeographic.com/world/9907/liberty/index.html
- Websites For Teachers
Exploration - Sculpture
- This unit provides an overview of sculpture.
This series of lessons is presented to challenge
students to develop personally symbolic forms and
to broaden their understanding of sculptural
I Feel Your Pain? A Sculpture Project
- This high school project focuses on issues in
Latin America. Students will create a sculpture
that conveys a message of information, reaction and
- This page provides a lots of projects for
students using clay.
an Ancient World
- Students explore four online resources as they
address a series of questions related to Ancient
Greek and Roman artwork.
- Explore art webquests and student art
Plan for Warhol
- Learn about the world of Andy Warhol and create
a project such as a sculpture.
a Penguin Sculpture
- This early childhood or primary activity
focuses on creating a penguin sculpture with flour,
water, and paint.
- This secondary level, cross disciplinary unit
focuses on outdoor public sculpture. The project
sponsored by the North Texas Institute for
Educators on the Visual Arts focuses on issues
related to art, history, science, and many other
areas related to saving local sculpture.
Sculpture Lesson Plan
- Students will learn about the physical
characteristics of owls and create a life-sized
sculpture of the owl they select.
Mache Animals Sculptures
- This fourth grade lesson focuses on creating
paper mache animal sculptures.
and Collage Lessons for K-12:
- This is the best place to go for teaching
materials for sculpture. This website contains
dozens of great lessons related to sculpture using
many different materials. The grade level is listed
for each lesson.
for African Art
- This lesson plan and webquest focus on African
- Explore soap carving lessons for grades 1 and
- Students will create art work that demonstrates
the understanding of the relationship between
selected subjects, symbols, images and design
concepts from specific historic and cultural
contexts, and the humanities.
- This lesson explores how you can create a
sculpture in clay that represents your
Put on Masks
- This lesson contains ideas for creating masks
as well as lots of links.
- This activity involves students in creating
living sculptures with toilet paper.
Granite: The Sculpture of Jesús
- This artsednet project focuses on an
artist-in-residence and provides ideas for creating
your own artist project.
- This lesson is intended to introduce students
to a free-form sculpture technique.
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