Relief Sculpture – Grade 3

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The last unit of the year in third grade taught the third grade artists about relief sculpture and how it compares to sculpture in-the-round, which is the type of sculpture they made in first and second grade.  A relief sculpture is a sculpture consisting of shapes carved or applied to a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background.  Think of one side of a coin, and you get the idea of what a relief sculpture is.  

 
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As a class we filled out a venn diagram on the first day of this unit, describing the sculptures on display, which included some relief and some in-the-round sculptures.  Once we started working, third graders spent a number of classes practicing in modeling clay and planning for their final sculpture by creating a pencil sketch.  Many students redesigned their sketch after spending some time working with modeling clay, as they realized their idea was too detailed for creating out of clay.
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The final step was painting the sculptures with watercolor paint.  Third graders enjoyed being able to use some metallic watercolors.  Once these go home, I could see a magnet being added to some of the smaller ones (or maybe a heavy duty magnet to the larger ones), and being displayed on the fridge!

 

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