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  SCULPTURE LESSONS FOR KIDS
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining materials. Materials may be worked by removal such as carving; or they may be assembled such as by gluing, or hardened such as by firing. Our sculpture lessons include forming, carving, collaging, gluing and more and make use of materials such as clay, wood, soap, paper, tape, beans, foam, metal, stones and more.

ART TAPE SCULPTURE: 3-D AMUSEMENT PARKS Gr. 3-8
Learn how to show students how to use art tape to create three dimensional sculpture. From Judith Walsh. [read more]

ANIMAL MASKS Gr. 3-8
Carla Fontenot shows us how to lead students through the creation a 3-D animal or mask made of paper. [read more]

ARTQUARIUM Gr. 6-8
Alison Lorion shows us how to create a classroom artquarium! [read more]

BEAN MOSAICS PreK and up
Students will learn about mosaic techniques as they create a mosaic using dried beans and peas. From Kimberly Jensen. [read more]

CLAY - ALL ABOUT CLAY
An important look at this timeless raw material along with some do's and don'ts. Read this before starting any clay projects in your classroom! [read more]

CLAY HEADS Gr. 3 and up
Using armatures, students will create sculptural works using clay that is left to dry naturally in the air. [read more]

CLAY SAND CASTLES PreK and up
Children will develop their sculpture techniques and express their creativity by molding and decorating their own clay sand castles. From Christina Eosco. [read more]

COIL CONTAINERS - POTTERY K and up
Students will learn how to build a container with clay, using coil and slab hand-building techniques. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]

CRAZY QUILTS Gr. 3-5
Students will learn about the history of Victorian Crazy Quilts as they explore pattern, color, and shape in different ways. From Laura Stuart-Smith. [read more]

DRAGONFLY SCULPTURE K - Gr. 5
Learn how to make mini dragonfly sculptures using clothespegs, paper and paint (or markers). From KinderArt. [read more]

FABRIC ASSEMBLAGE PreK and up
This lesson shows you what you can do with scraps of burlap, canvas and other types of fabric. [read more]

FOAM AND WIRE MOBILE Gr. 3-5
A step by step lesson plan that shows you how to construct a foam and wire mobile. From: Diane Overmyer. [read more]

GARGOYLES (FROM COFFEE TRAYS) Gr. 3 and up
This lesson shows you how to making gargoyles out of cardboard coffee take out trays and paper mache pulp. From KinderArt. [read more]

GARGOYLES AND GROTESQUES Gr. 6-8
Learn how to create a gargoyle using self hardening clay. From: Joann Trimarco. [read more]

GIANT STUFFED BIRDS K - Gr. 8
Using a variety of art supplies you can create fabulous soft sculpture with art educator Linda Moucha. [read more]

GUITARS AS SCULPTURE Gr. 6-8
This is a motivating project that incorporates music and history. From Alison J. Lorion. This lesson originated from the Museum of Fine Art in Boston's exhibit of "Dangerous Curves Art of the Guitar". [read more]

GREEK STORY VASES Gr. 3 -5
Students will discover the art of Greek vases while they develop their own storytelling skills. From Doreen Diorio. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

HAMBURGER COLLAGE Gr. 3 - 8
Students will make hamburger collages using colored construction paper. Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater [read more]

HAVE IT YOUR WAY SANDWICH COLLAGE K - Gr.2
This is a fun way to teach children about collage. From Deb Barone of Myerstown Elementary School, Myerstown, PA. [read more]

INUIT CARVING Gr 3-12
This is a wonderful 3-dimensional art lesson plan (in clay) from Pat Higgins. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural Art)

KHAMSA GOOD LUCK HANDS K and up
Students will learn about the use of symbolism in cultural (Moroccan) art as they learn and use design elements in creating a hand print. From Susan Kimes-Demboski. [read more]

KITES K - Gr. 5
Have your students use different art techniques in one fun art project. From Jennifer Nilsson. [read more]

LEAF BY LEAF all ages
This project from Sandi Kovach-Long can be adapted for a wide range of ages and abilities including adults with physical, perceptual and cognitive challenges. [read more]

LEONARDO DA VINCI: INVENTION CONVENTION Gr. 3-8
Discover Leonardo's inventive ideas and invent a new machine for the 21st century. From Michelle Jamal. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

MAGIC WANDS AND WAND HOLDERS K - Gr. 8
Anitra the Great has a super lesson for your Kinderartists. This activity uses wood, paint and ribbons. [read more]

MAKING A DOT WITHOUT MAKING A DOT K - Gr. 5
A fabulous paper mosaic lesson. From Jennifer Stratton. This is a wonderful project that shows how confidence breeds confidence! [read more]

MARACAS (BALLOONS) K - Gr. 8
Lillian Foxx's maraca making lesson results in the pleasure of discovery and accomplishment. Here learn how to make maracas using balloons and flour paste. [read more]

MARACAS (ORANGES AND PAPER) K - Gr. 8
Learn how to make maracas using oranges, tissue paper and glue. From KinderArt. [read more]

MARACAS (RECYCLED MATERIALS) Pre K and up
Maracas are one of the simplest instruments to play for young children or the beginning musician. Find out how to make maracas out of bottles and toilet paper rolls. From: Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

MARACAS (SIMPLE) & SHAKERS PreK - Gr. 8
Maracas were originally made from the dried shells of gourds with beads or beans inside. This lesson shows you how to make maracas using paper cups. [read more]

MARIGOLD SCULPTURES K and up
Students can make marigold sculptures using tin cans, paper and glue. Submitted by: Anitra Redlefsen..[read more]

MATISSE, HENRI: POSITIVE/NEGATIVE SHAPES/SHAMROCKS Gr. 3 and up
One way to achieve harmony in a composition is to repeat positive and negative spaces which vary in size, color, texture or value. Find out more with the help of Anitra Redlefsen [read more]
(Section: Art History)

MEDIA COLLAGE K - Gr.12
With this lesson, your students will learn how to take a close look at print advertising and product packaging. [read more]

MEXICAN METAL TOOLING Gr. 3-8
With this lesson from Margaret Morales, students will express ideas about Mexico using metal tooling techniques and the elements of art and principles of design. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural Art)

MINI MEALS Gr. 3-5
Students will discuss and analyze what makes a healthy balanced meal. Then, with the help of Rebecca Engelman, they will use basic hand building techniques to construct mini food from home made clay. [read more]

PAINTED SHOES all ages
Canadian artist Teodoro Dragonieri paints, collages and reconstructs old shoes to represent great artists of the 20th century. [read more]
(Section: Painting)

PAPER BAG BUTTERFLY PUPPETS PreK - Gr. 5
Students will create butterflies as they learn about three dimensional sculpture and use puppets to tell a story. From Linda Moucha. [read more]

PAPERCLAY® FISH ORNAMENTS Gr. 3 and up
Create relief sculpture with an undersea theme. From the Creative PaperClay® Company. [read more]

PAPER COLLAGE WITH ERIC CARLE K - Gr. 5
Students will gain an appreciation for the work of Eric Carle not only as a story writer, but as an illustrator during this fun "Hermit Crab" inspired lesson from Pamela Metzger. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum: Language Arts/Literature)

PAPER QUILLING Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn about paper quilling and the art of rolled paper. From Mary Breveleri. [read more]
(Section: Crafts)

PAPER RING ART (QUILLING) Gr. 3 and up
Karen Derian shows us how to make lovely designs using strips of paper and glue. [read more]

PEBBLE PICTURES PreK and up
Add another dimension to paintings using pebbles found at the beach. [read more]

PENGUINS, PENGUINS, PENGUINS K - Gr. 5
Step by step instructions on how to make a penguin using a juice bottle and paper mache pulp. [read more]

PINATAS K and up
Complete instructions on how to make a pinata using balloons and papier mache. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations! From Wendy Payne. [read more]

PIPE CLEANER SCULPTURE K and up
Learn how to make abstract art with foam and pipe cleaners. From Pat Klingbiel. [read more]

PLANETARY PERSONALITIES COME TO LIFE Gr. 3 - 5
Students can make Planetary Personalities characters using Wikki Stix. By Jen Ulm.[read more]

PLASTER AND WIRE MOBILE/SCULPTURE Gr. 3 and up
This is a project in problem solving, balance and creativity by Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

PLASTER FACE MASK Gr. 3 and up
Learn how to make masks using plaster bandages. From Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

PLAY DOUGH PreK and up
Students will experiement with homemade play dough. Includes a recipe! From Julie Duell. [read more]

PROPORTION OF THE HUMAN FORM Gr. 3 - 8
Students will appreciate the length and width of the human form as they create human figures in motion using torn paper. From Nancy Scoble. [read more]

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAIC PreK and up
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. In this lesson, students use pumpkin seeds and paint to create colorful mosaics. [read more]

PUZZLES K - Gr. 5
Students will learn how to create their own puzzles. Submitted by: Anitra Redlefsen..[read more]

RAINBOWS (TORN PAPER) PreK - Gr. 5
Students will make rainbows using torn construction paper. From KinderArt.com [read more]

RAINSTICKS K and up
Legend has it that the Chilean Indians invented the rainstick to make rainy weather. Make a rainstick using a cardboard carpet tube, nails and sunflower seeds. [read more]

RELIEF FOIL SCULPTURE Gr 6-8
A shining example of what you can do with aluminum foil. From Kimberly Hutts. [read more]

ROCK AND WIRE MOBILE Gr 3 and up
This is a project in problem solving, balance and creativity. From Anitra Redlefsen. [read more]

SCRAP WOOD SCULPTURES K and up
Start with a a box of wood scraps to create a masterpiece. [read more]

SCULPT-A-PLANET Gr 3-8
Make a paper mache planet with your kinderartists. [read more]

SHAPE COLLAGE PIZZA K - Gr. 2
Students will learn about collage as they create a cut paper pizza. Submitted by: Melissa Jordan, [read more]

STAINED GLASS FOR BEGINNERS Gr 3 and up
This is a tutorial about how to make stained glass creations, including the proper tools and techniques to use. [read more]

STAINED GLASS PAPER SCREEN Gr 3-8
Students will observe the shapes and lines that make up a stained glass window. Then, they will create a paper "stained glass" screen. [read more]

"STAINED GLASS" MASTERPIECE Gr 6-8
Create a found object stained glass piece - without having to cut any glass. From Jamie Bresee. [read more]

STEPPING STONES Gr 3-8
Students will design, transfers design to cement paver, safely cut art-grade glass to shape, create permanent mosaic glass design on cement paver and secure with cement mortar and watersealer. From Deborah Sherl. [read more]

SUNSET PICTURES K - Gr. 5
Encouraging children to observe the sunsets more closely and be aware of colors and shadows during those moments. From Sinead Lawson. [read more]

TIN CAN SCULPTURE Gr. 3 - 12
Students will use reusable objects and individual creativity to create wonderful sculpture. Submitted by: Jeanne C. Wolf. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER PAINTING AND SCULPTURE K and up
Students will create sculptural images using tissue paper as paint. [read more]

TISSUE PAPER SUNFLOWERS PreK - Gr. 5
Students will make their own colorful sunflowers using tissue paper and glue. [read more]
(Section: Crafts)

TOOTHPICK SCULPTURE K - Gr. 8
Students will learn about sculpture as they create with toothpicks and marshmallows. From Judith Walsh. [read more]

VASE WITH POPPIES K - Gr. 5
When time is short, but children need to keep busy, I suggest doing this cut and paste activity. By Mrs. Wolf. [read more]

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