32 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and ZorachFebruary 17–May 13, 2018
A New American Sculpture investigates the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the sculpture of these four immigrant artists, showing how they redefined sculpture’s expressive potential during this rapidly changing time.
How might a work of art based on a natural object compare to a scientific drawing of the same subject?
Why might an artist choose to abstract a scene rather than to create a more representational, or realistic, depiction?
How do artists create a sense of movement, motion, or action in their artworks?
How might artists convey emotion in a sculpture?
What do you see?
What, if anything, does this remind you of? Look closely at the shapes, the colors, the different physical characteristics of the sculpture.
What kind of shapes are used here? (Organic shapes: associated with things from the natural world, such as plants and animals.) Is there an indication of movement, or is the form static?
How would you describe or identify the colors used? What emotions do they bring up for you?
Look at the material. What is the medium of the sculpture? This is made from fruitwood, which comes from a fruit tree. What do you think it was like to work with this material? How do you think Laurent created the organic shapes in this work?
How does this sculpture differ from an image of a plant you might see in your science textbook?
Why might Laurent have chosen to depict a plant-like form in this abstract way, rather than in a more lifelike style?
Students will explore the outdoors to find a plant they find interesting or beautiful. Once the plant is selected, students will outline their plant. Students should keep their drawing simple, using only lines, no details. Students should then apply colors without worrying about details. Instead, they should think about the end result looking similar to what you would see whenever you squint.
Students will explore the outdoors to find a plant they find interesting or beautiful. Once the plant is selected, students will sketch a simplified version of the plant that will then be used to inform the creation of a sculpture. The sketch should not include details, only organic shapes. Students will choose a material to make the sculpture out of (e.g.: clay, wood, metal). Students will use earth tones to add color to their sculpture.
Encourage older students to create a sculpture at least 12 inches in height.
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