The Big Idea:
Art Can Change Over Time
We are currently working on building sculptures to resemble those of the Swiss surrealist artist Alberto Giacometti. These strange figures are that of dreams (perhaps nightmares?).
Even though the figures are strange, stretched-out shapes from what we practiced early in the year, the basic human form is still present and allows us to see it first before abstracting the limbs and torso into a more Giacometti-like figure.
This lesson always proves to be one of the favorites of the 5th grade year.
(Before starting on this project, the students went through the ODIP procedure while examining and investigating the sculpture pictured below. The ODIP tab at left explains the process and is a great way to learn how to talk about art.)