Picasso-Inspired Soft Sculpture – Lesson Plan


MARY:
I’m Mary Skydema
from Blick Art Materials. Most everyone is familiar
with the paintings of Pablo Picasso, but did you know
he was also a sculptor? In this project we’re going to
combine the simplified style of Picasso’s
early Cubist period with soft sculpture. We’ll begin by drawing
the front and back of a sculpture with black marker on two 9×12 inch
pieces of paper. The outer contour of the front
and back should be the same. Next, trace each drawing onto
a 9×12 piece of scratch film with black marker. You’ll also trace the images
lightly with a pencil onto muslin. Next, take the foam sheet
and cut out the front and back of the sculpture. Now, we’ll cut smaller pieces
from the foam that will be printed all at once,
for instance, the girl’s hat. These pieces will act
as printing plates. I’m gonna incise
some patterning on the reverse side
of this foam. This foam is very soft
and easy to work with. Next I’ll paint
the surface with acrylic. You need to add
just a little bit of water so that your paint
isn’t too thick. Just going to cover this. All your brush strokes
will show up in this printing process. Add a little colour
for highlights. Then I’m just going to
flip this over, foam down, and print it
right onto the muslin. We will eventually be cutting
the original piece of foam apart into several
puzzle pieces. I suggest that you cut a piece
and then print with it so that you know
where each one goes, and how they line up. Apply pressure with a baren or
wadded up piece of paper towel, and then just lift off
the print foam. The next puzzle piece
will fit right next to it. So this is a section
of the hair that’s going to go
right under the hat there. This is just acrylic. I’m going to add a little bit
of a metallic watercolour to add a little interest. And I really like to
turn my brush over and just kind of do
some scratching through the paint
for some more texture. Once again we’re just
going to flip it over, line it up, you’ve got your light
pencil lines there. Once again,
with paper towel or your baren, just apply some pressure. Continue until all of
the front and back pieces are printed. At this point, you can add
detail with markers, or hand paint any areas
that might need extra colour. You may want to embroider,
stitch certain areas, or add beading for detail. Now, we’ll cut the front
and back sides out of the muslin, leaving about
a one inch border. Placing the right
sides together, you can sew a running stitch
or apply glue to the edge just outside the design. When the glue’s dry,
turn it right side out, and we’re going to
fill it with stuffing. You want to leave a little
room at the bottom for our final step
which is the bean bag. To make a bean bag,
take a square of muslin about twice the size of
the bottom of your sculpture, pour a good amount of
beans or rice in the centre, and pull at the edges. Just tie it together
with a little string. This will add weight
and stability to your finished piece. All you need to do is stitch
or glue the bean bag in place. Thank you for joining me. For options and ideas for this
project and other projects, please go to
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