3D Sculpture in Paper

You are a well-known local architect/art dealer who has a reputation for effectively creating and selling contemporary art works. You have a client who needs to purchase a piece of art in 3D to fill an empty corner in their place of business. They need the work ‘yesterday,’ so you’ll only have a few days to design and create this new sculpture for your client.

Materials: Ruler, scale ruler, paper, pencil, glue, exacto knife.


Planning &Practice

1.    Practice folding. Use the example that Mrs. Briggs’ gave you of the cube to cut out and figure out how it goes together. Look at the packet of other templates and make 2 of those shapes.

2.    Practice drawing a larger scale example of the other shapes shown in the packet.

3.    Brainstorm with your partner/group about what you want your sculpture to look like, remember this is a wealthy client, so you don’t want to disappoint him, the more outside the box and creative you get with your sculpture, the better! Remember: Each person must make at least 4 shapes.

4.    Sketch out a few ideas for your sculpture, and finalize which one you’ll be making.

5.    Think about: paper color choice, positive & negative shapes/space (you may decide to cut out certain areas of the shapes creating a negative image)

Beginning your sculpture

1.    Gather your materials (ruler, pencil, paper)

2.    Carefully measure out the shapes, creating a template of a square, rectangle, pentagon, and/or hexagon and then copying the shape properly in order to ensure a proper 3D shape.

3.    Build your shapes! Carefully cut out, score, bend your shapes and then glue the flaps together.

4.    Figure out how you’ll put your shapes together now that they are built. You may find that you need to make another shape or two to complete your design.

5.    Glue your sculpture together.



Communication & Expression

• You solved the problem thoughtfully and demonstrated your knowledge of 3D sculpture & design.

• You tried different approaches for your solutions, taking risks, and choosing ideas that weren't trite or clichéd

• Your designs were chosen carefully, by all group members.

• You have demonstrated a high level of achievement, creating a complicated sculpture, not taking the easy way out, using simple shapes!

Design, Layout & Composition

• The composition of the sculpture was considered and added to the intent of the overall design

• Your placement of shapes, positive & negative space, and color added to the intent of the overall design

• You created a visual entry point

• You considered the visual & spacial balance of your piece by placement of the objects and structures

• You set up a relationship between the shapes.

• You have used varied heights for maximum visual impact.

Methods, Tools, & Techniques

• All shapes and details are drawn and cut out with great precision and care. (Seems match up, shapes are well formed, measured carefully & glued neatly)

• Your finished sculpture has space & shapes incorporated seamlessly into it, leaving the sculpture easily seen.

• You have used a ruler for ALL lines (cutting, folding & drawing)

• The final design is neat & well crafted (no smudges, ripped or bent paper, no messy cuts and all lines are straight)

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