I just want to share some images and info about our latest center being offered in our studio - soft sculpture/sewing. In my last post I featured an image of my own softie creature in the beginning stages. We introduced this center over the last two weeks through a brief PPT of a variety of artists' softie sculptures and by also demonstrating sewing techniques.
Lots of students have been taking to this project - boys and girls - which I love seeing both groups create and complete a project using techniques they thought they might never be able to do.
The example to the right is from a student, Josiah, who also sewed a superhero person last year. He is a self-motivator and researches and plans thoroughly before creating. I have been using this snapshot I took with my phone to show students just how to use their image to create multiple pattern pieces (just one way of creating - there are other options).
The next image is of a creature where Hailey drew her creature pattern on paper; then traced it onto lighter fabric so she could paint the creature onto the fabric. She then used other fabrics for the back of the creature (yet another way to create your soft sculpture).
The next image is a softie created by a boy, Shaye, and his grandmother. After I shared all the images and examples on Monday in class, he went home and created one with his grandmother using hand-stitching and a sewing machine. He brought it to me the next morning rather proud and excited of his accomplishment (and he had every right to be). I kept it at my desk to show as an example to the rest of the classes the remainder of the week.
While it may seem like the soft sculptures have taken over the art room… we still have plenty of other projects going on - paintings, drawings, block printing, papier-mâché - we are very busy. We are getting ready for our Fine Arts Night on May 22nd - so the next phase of assessing and preparing artwork will take place in a couple of weeks! Stay tuned for more happenings in our studio centers.
Artfully…. Nikki K.