ART PROJECT: Figure Sculpture

Supplies: Paper and pencil, wire (thin coat hanger will work or thin wire on a roll) OR aluminum foil, wire cutter/pliers, scissors, masking tape, acrylic paint.

  1. Review the PDF presentation on Alberto Giacometti.
  2. Ask a family member to pose for you. Draw several quick drawings of your model in a pose. You may use props. Don’t worry about details. Choose your favorite drawing. 
  3. Start with a piece of wire. Bend and twist to form the figure. Use pliers if needed. If you don’t have wire you can use aluminum foil instead. Just roll the foil to form the figure before covering with masking tape.
  4. Layer masking tape over the wire to build up the surface. Make sure your figure can balance on its own.
  5. Paint with acrylic paint. Limit to one color. Display your figure sculpture!

ART PROJECT: Pop Art Figure Portrait

In this Pop Art Movement Lesson, students will use an image of themselves, replicate it and layer it to create the illusion of movement.

Watercolor Paper (or thick white paper)
Water Color Paint Set
Cup of Water
Kleenex for blotting paint
Black construction paper
Colored construction paper
Colored pencils, crayons, or oil pastels
Glue sticks

Andy Warhol
Roy Lichtenstein
Video: What is Pop Art? By Tate Kids

1. Have someone photograph you in an action pose. Make sure your whole body shows in the photo. Print the photo.

2. Use watercolor to paint various papers. Paint at least four different papers. Let the papers dry completely. These will be the papers you cut images out from for the collage.
3. Cut out your image in the photo. Trace image onto the watercolor papers. Trace right around the image onto the painted paper OR face the photo and the paper upside down. This first example shows it facing up.  The challenge here is you may get pencil marks on the photo AND the pencil marks may show after you cut out the shape.

4. Repeat this process several times (minimum 4 times) on different painted papers.  Next, glue all of the cut out images to a black piece of paper.  Each image should layer in an interesting format.
5. Optional: Use colored pencils, crayons or oil pastels to create a repeated pattern on the black paper before gluing the images to it. Frame on a larger piece of construction paper.


You can make String Art projects on cardboard making holes and putting threads through them.

Supplies: Heavy cardboard, pencil, large needle, thread
1. Draw your image on the back of the cardboard breaking the image into individual shapes.
2. Use the needle (or a nail) to poke holes along edge of shapes. Make sure the holes aren’t too close together or the cardboard might tear.
3. Thread the needle and begin pulling needle through the holes to fill in one shape at a time. Cross over and experiment with different patterns and colors of thread.

ART PROJECT: Abstract Organic Sculpture

Organic Shapes are irregular shapes found in nature such as leaves, clouds, people, and animals. In contrast to geometric shapes, organic shapes typically don’t have names. Geometric Shapes are shapes like circles, squares, rectangles, diamonds, etc.

Try this three-dimensional sculpture at home. You can substitute materials if you need to.

ART PROJECT: Principles of Design

Review the Principles of Design PDF first. Download below, then follow directions below.

Materials: Index cards, magazines, scissors, glue sticks.

Directions: Based on the information you just reviewed, find the following Principles of Design in magazine images. Cut out the image and glue to one side of the index card. Write the Principle of Design on the reverse side. See how many of each you can find!


ART PROJECT: Lessons in Proportion

Materials: Magazines, scissors, glue stick, pencil, colored pencils, white paper

Directions: Find images of facial features in magazines, cut out and glue to white paper. Reproduce the image with pencil, pay attention to proportion. Color with colored pencils.

ART PROJECT: Still-Life Drawing

Materials: White paper, pencils, colored pencils, still-life objects

Directions: Gather some simple objects in your kitchen that you are interested in drawing, such as fruits and vegetables, dishes, vases, flowers, etc. Draw the objects in pencil first, paying attention to proportions so that things look like they are the correct size and direction. Overlap objects to give the drawing a better composition. Once you have the objects drawn correctly, color with colored pencils. Use darker colors to show shaded areas and lighter colors to show highlights.