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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Thinking in Three Dimensions – Day 1

This Easter holiday we have been Thinking in Three Dimensions with artist Abigail Hunt.

Our 2-day sculpture course warmed up with a round of  ‘Kims’ Game’


Children had to memorise and draw selected three dimensional objects after they were covered over.DSC_0335 DSC_0344

Abigail showed the children a wide variety of sculptures and installations to give them inspiration.



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They then brainstormed ideas of what they would like to make on a long piece of paper.


We discussed abstract and representational sculptureDSC_0370DSC_0372DSC_0376

And thought abut how to make other people’s ideas our own.DSC_0377DSC_0380DSC_0382

We then made a quick sculpture using just blu-tac and paperclipsDSC_0329DSC_0388

These tiny sculptures were ingenious and beautiful.


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We then went back to our drawings and used wire to translate 2-dimensions into 3 dimensions.



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We hung the wire drawings in the air.

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The next activity involved joining triangular shapes together to make there dimensional objects.


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We began working alone with tape and slits to experiment with structures that grew and changed shape.DSC_0465 DSC_0470 DSC_0471 DSC_0474 DSC_0477 DSC_0478

We then joined together with a partner and morphed two structures together

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They grew and changed. As they got bigger we had to work to make them more stable. Coloured tape added another interesting element.DSC_0488 DSC_0490

They began to look like strange buildings and architectural models. We could imagine tiny people moving around inside!DSC_0493 DSC_0497 DSC_0503 DSC_0506 DSC_0508 DSC_0509 DSC_0510 DSC_0513 DSC_0515 DSC_0521 DSC_0522

We had our lunch in the local park and collected some natural elements that we would draw later on.

After lunch we launched into a ‘Free Making’ session. We laid out a variety of materials for the children to select fromDSC_0529
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And off they went!


They built big and small

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Experimented with clay

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Joined different materialsDSC_0569DSC_0559 DSC_0565

Created abstract sculpturesDSC_0566

And representational ones


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We then worked on a quiet drawing activity. We had to ‘scale up’ a drawing of a found object and create a big image of something tiny.


We used magnifying glasses to help us look closely.

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Our final activity was to create a sculpture from bricks, matchboxes and stones. We loved using the glue guns to stick things together. We will paint these tomorrow.

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The children then designed a postcard invitation for our exhibition tomorrow – They can’t wait to show off their work!

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To see how this work developed in Day 2, click HERE


2 Responses so far.

  1. Alison Tanner says:

    Wow. I loved all your ideas, it looks as though you all had a fantastic time, I wish I had had the opportunity to explore so much about shape and structure when I was your age. Enjoy your art, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

  2. Justin and Janet Benjamin says:

    Thanks for these wonderful photos.

    By all accounts the boys had a fantastic day! They even went to bed voluntarily early on a school holiday night so that they wouldn’t be tired for day 2 !

    Can’t wait to see what they get up to tomorrow.

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