Thursday, October 27, 2011

for my project to get negative space I made a hole on the top and an arch under the top piece and I made the base thin and stand on three legs. the two pieces are together in the middle with a wedge. Quinn


This plaster sculpture is suppose to imitate the flow of a waterfall on rocks. 

Monday, October 24, 2011


Here are some progress photos of the process to create the clay relief sculpture....

bare slab with drawn "plan"

use knife to "trace" the plan into the clay...

completed tracing with hand drawn changes

adding clay in small dabs, roughing in the forms...

completed "roughed in" relief sculpture...

almost done! Notice the edges...

detail shot, look at the "high" and "low" areas.....

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Please print and fill out this form.... Pass it in to Mr. Powers

Thursday, October 20, 2011


My toothpick sculpture consists of over 100 toothpicks and a whole bunch of glue sticks. I used triangles as my geometric shape and those created the frame. The front and back are open to see inside.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Inspiration for Plaster Project...

Henri Moore is the artists inspiring our plaster work... His work is all about inter-twining shapes and careful NEGATIVE spaces. Many of his Bronze pieces started as plaster "models", whare he could carve and develop the surface textures....

Here are some photos for ideas:

Plaster Casting Project! Reductive Sculpture...

Something NEW! Here's the idea- mix and pour plaster into a bag, "pose" the bag, when it has set, remove the bag and begin carving to enhance the FORM and SURFACE.
Decide how the piece will stand up, to show GESTURE- or a sense of "life" and "movement". Consider that  the piece should look like it's up on it's "toes"....

Here is the handout and vocab sheet:

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Looking At Martin Puryear's Work

Take a look at this video to see him working on and talking about his sculptures. Then, please post a comment discussing your answers to these questions.
Sign the comment using only your first name.

Here is a link to a video interview @


What do you notice about the FORMs used in his sculptures?

How can you tell that the CRAFT of making the work is important to Puryear? How does it show up in his sculptures?

Here are some examples of his work.....

Do you see the African mask influence here?

Do you see the woven basket influence here?

look close at the white area- see the "mask"?

This one is called "old mole"...

What would this container hold?

The red part is stained wood....

look at the SIZE of this piece...