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″)
  • paper
  • drawing tools – pencils, pens, markers, crayons

How to Warm up with a Gesture Drawing:

  1. Check out the strong stance of the figure in Giacometti’s sculpture
  2. Choose a family member to strike a pose of their own!
  3. 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.
  4. Repeat 2, 3, 4, 5 times! (As many as you want!) Choose different poses!

Create Your Tin Foil Sculpture:

  1. Gather pieces of tin foil: about the size of a piece of printer paper
  2. Inspired by the poses of your family, sculpt figures out of foil
  3. It may help to break your sculpting down by body part
  4. 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?


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