CARVING PROJECT Carving is a subtractive sculpture form, meaning you take material away from a mass in order to create a work of art. For this project, you may carve plaster or you may carve foam. If you chose plaster you will need to prepare a mold to pour the plaster into. The mold cannot have any undercuts or your plaster will be too difficult to remove from the mold.The mold cannot be too porous or it will stick to the plaster. For example: a cardboard box would need to be lined with plastic in order to be an adequate mold. Consider the size you want to make your sculpture and pick your container accordingly.
OPTION ONE Find an object or an image of an object you would like to reproduce. Pick an object that is complex enough to be interesting but not so complex as to be overwhelming.You will be expected to include all the detail from the original object but the scale does not need to match. Once the shape is carved, you will need to finish the surface of your object so the only difference between your copy and the original is size. For this reason avoiding a lot of text is highly recommended.
OPTION TWO Often sculpture work is based on the figure (human or animal). Sometimes these sculptures include detail but at other times they only capture the essence of the subject matter. For option two you will need to begin with a sketch. Draw an abstracted version of a human figure or an animal. Your sketch will serve as your plan for the actual sculpture. These sculptures will also need to have a finished surface but they usually do not include descriptive detail. Sometimes the detail on the surface includes patterns and symbols to heighten the meaning of the piece. At other times, the color is neutral and the surface quality becomes important.
CARVING PROJECT FEEDBACK AND GRADING SHEET Your sculpture will be graded by the following rubric. Each criterion receives 1-5 points. 5—The artist uses the skill, technique, concept, or requirement consistently and successfully, 4—The artist attempts the focused skill, technique, concept or requirement with irregular success, 3—The work shows both a limited attempt at employing the skill, technique, concept or requirement and limited success, 2—The artist rarely uses the skill, technique, concept, or requirement and needs more practice with it, or 1—The artist has not considered or tried to employ the skill, technique, concept, or requirement.
POINTS: STUDENT: _______The artist completed the assignment in a timely manner both not hurrying just to get done yet also finishing by the due date. _______The artist considered all the angles of the piece. _______The artist considered how the sculpture would be displayed. _______The artist was careful to be proportionally accurate though the scale might be different OR the artist was careful to consider balance, scale, emphasis and movement when designing his/her figure. _______The artist brought an object from home or printed 3 images of the object he/she carved so that the detail could be included. OR the artist completed three preliminary drawings of what he/she wants the sculpture to look like. _______The artist finished the surface with enough detail to clearly represent the object he/she copied OR the artist finished the surface in a manner that helped communicate the essence of the figure he/she designed. _______ The artist utilized a variety of tools and techniques to reach the shape and finish (texture) he/she desired. _______ The student consistently took time to clean up his/her studio space and the tools that he/she used. _______The work demonstrates a seriousness of craftsmanship and a desire to do excellent work. _______The project was properly labeled. _______ final points /50 COMMENTS: