Art at Home: Giacometti-Inspired Foil Sculptures
Ages 5+ (toddlers can try the foil sculpting – working those hand muscles to twist, pinch & build!)
Let out your inner artist with materials you can find right in your home!
What you’ll need:
- tin foil pieces (about 8″ x 12″)
- drawing tools – pencils, pens, markers, crayons
How to Warm up with a Gesture Drawing:
- Check out the strong stance of the figure in Giacometti’s sculpture
- Choose a family member to strike a pose of their own!
- Set the time for 10 seconds: one person poses while the others draw the posing person quickly as they can –looking mostly at limb placement–with pencil on paper.
- Repeat 2, 3, 4, 5 times! (As many as you want!) Choose different poses!
Create Your Tin Foil Sculpture:
- Gather pieces of tin foil: about the size of a piece of printer paper
- Inspired by the poses of your family, sculpt figures out of foil
- It may help to break your sculpting down by body part
- Start by scrunching at the top to create the head, move your way down to create arms, a torso, legs, and even feet
NOTE: This activity is fun for your toddlers, too! Scrunching and twisting foil can really work those hand muscles! Put less emphasis on creating a figure and more on playing with the foil to see what it can do!
Once your figures are posed, how will you arrange them? Who are they? A team of super heroes or maybe each one is a member of your family.
Can they hang from your counter or even from a light fixture?
Will you put on a show?