We are venturing once again back to Cycle 1 Artists! We did a fresco and then we did a sculpting project, reviewing Michelangelo from Great Artists we studied last year (Cycle 1). You all remember Michelangelo...that fresco painter that did that little ol' thing called the Sistine Chapel. He was around in late 1400's to mid 1500's. He is also known for sculpting - we probably have all seen his David sculpture and the Pieta. As we ponder Advent, the Pieta is the fullness of Christ's 1st coming to earth as represented by Mary holding the body of the crucified Christ.
Plaster of Paris
Paper Plate with sides - like a Chinet plate (this can make a nice "frame")
Mix the plaster of paris according to the directions on the box. Then pour it in your paper plate "mold". When it's most of the way dry you can begin to work with it. My daughter decided what she was going to paint (we discussed Christmas themes and she chose a candy cane) and penciled it lightly on the plaster. Then she began to paint on it with the paints. We used tempura paints today. We've also used watercolors previously -but they do fade quite a bit in the plaster -either would work though.
|She tried pastels to see if they would work on the plaster but it doesn't, really. Good thinking though =) She was so hopeful she discovered some new artistic medium! Love the ingenuity!|
Ivory Soap Bar
Then we did a sculpture and picked our Christmas theme for that as well - first a manger was tried but it was a little hard to work with for a kid her age and it ended up being broken. So, we decided on an easier to carve Christmas theme of an angel, for our second try. We talked about how detailed and difficult it is to sculpt. Makes you have a real appreciation for what Michelangelo could do! Sometimes we learn more from our failures then our successes - I think this was true today.