2nd graders recently completed assemblages – think 3D versions of collage. Students first learned about Louise Nevelson, a prominent American sculptor born in what is now known as the Ukraine.
We spent some time looking at her work – especially the all-black Sky Cathedral from 1958.
Then, students had time to explore materials, arranging them on cardboard surfaces first. Students had access to the numerous items collected from my own home and that of students and colleagues. This is where my beginning of the year art room wishlist comes in very handy. Once students were happy with their arrangement, they began gluing. We used a combination of white glue and hot glue for those really hard to stick items. After the glue was dry and cool, students painted their assemblages. The tempera paint really did not stick at all, and I should have foreseen this as an issue. Next year, we will do thinned down acrylic and just be very careful with clothing spills. See below for finished projects.