Michael Boddington, who last year (2012) was teaching at St Luke’s Primary School, Cambridge, agreed to run a pilot project for the Cambridge Sculpture Trails Schools web-site.
We wanted to know if our ideas were both manageable and teacher-friendly. He made the following comments :-
- A sculpture project can be tailored by individual teachers to fit the National Curriculum.
- The approach to and use of a sculpture project needs to be as straightforward as possible for the teacher.
- It needs to be geared to, and fit in with, the general schools topic/theme for the year.
Here are his suggestions for a six week project:-
What do you know about sculpture? Show pictures or small items of sculpture. Then discussion.
If possible, arrange a visit for both children and teachers to Kettle’s Yard, with a talk from the Education team there.
Show pictures from the Cambridge Trails leaflets (these can be enlarged).
In groups, discuss : -
- What do you think it is?
- What do you think it represents, and what is it trying to say ?
- What do you think the sculpture might be called?
What would your group like to make a sculpture of? What ideas would you like to communicate?
Start making sculpture –using various junk materials (cardboard/paper/paint/etc.)
Continue making sculpture and discuss how it can be viewed by others.
In addition to, or as part of, the project, an outsider could be brought in to conduct a workshop or a local sculptor could given a demonstration. Michael Boddington suggested ‘Creaturama’ at www.creaturama.com
Photographs taken at St Luke’s Year 5 class sculpture exhibition
Children gave verbal explanations for some of the exhibits
“Two friends meeting covered in silver foil to show that skin colour does not matter in a friendship”
Tree of Life
“Apples represent children now in school. Apples falling from the tree show children leaving school and the pips represent younger children who will go to the school in the future.”
“The two plastic gloves represent two helping hands. They are attached with string to the people they are helping”