Seal Floating on a Bed of Waves by Josie Papialook
Bear Spirit green stone in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario
Level: Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: 3-12 | Age: 8 and up | Written by:
Written by: Pat Higgins
[Pat is a teacher from Kittery Pt. Maine]
The first thing you want to do is look at a variety of Inuit Sculpture. Do some research on Inuit artists and the type of work they do. Some names to look for: Miki, George Arluk, Kongaseretook (also known as Elijah Kuppaq), Pudlo and Josie Papialook.
What You Need:
What You Do:
- Examples of Inuit Sculpture
"We used a Mexican Marblex self-hardening clay that does not have to be fired. The sculptures we did were very impressive."
- Begin with a block of clay, approx 5" x 6" by 4".
- Talk about what constitutes a sculpture and the fact that it is 3-dimensional. It has width, height, length.
- Next, talk about using the subtractive method of sculpting. This is taking away the negative space to leave a form.
- Create drawings from every angle on the clay. Subjects could be seals, dolphins, polar bear, rabbits, turtles etc.
- Pull clay away and never add pieces to the block.
- Next, model with your hands, pushing and pulling until an animal appears. Remember that Inuit sculpture is a smooth simple form without a lot of detail.
- The last step is to smooth with water and add small detail with a stylus, sharp stick or pencil point the basic lines for eyes, claws, etc.
- Exhibit the work when complete.
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