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Build a Sculpture Garden

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

Art and Design

History

Technology

Students work on their own individual contributions to produce a garden filled with both abstract and representational sculptures and statues.

avatar Submitted By: Institute of Play

November 1, 2016

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

The World's Greatest Sculptures

Show your students world's greatest sculptures from around the world.

Learning Objectives

  • Students learn the difference between abstract and representational art.
  • Students are able to create either abstract or representational sculpture and provide reflection on choice they've made in creating it.

Guiding Ideas

Guiding Idea:

A sculpture garden is a beautiful place filled with interesting statues and sculptures. Some sculptures are representational, which means they look like a real-life person or thing. Others are abstract, which means made of up shapes that do not resemble a real-life thing. Which of the statues below is abstract, and which is representational?

Student Activities

Mini-lesson:

  • Introduce the students to the challenge. Show them what a sculpture garden looks like. Explain abstract and representational sculpture. Have students work independently or in partners.
  • Have a think-pair-share on what sculptures they want to create. Let students sketch on scratch paper.
  • Allow them to enter the Minecraft world and come to the garden area you created. You can use a teleport command to bring all students to the space quickly. Have them choose a space to build and make sure everyone is comfortable with their proximity to their neighbors before starting. Let them build while you float and support. Make sure they sign and title each piece with a signpost.
  • Prompt students to explore the area and find other statues. Let them leave signposts behind with positive messages like “Awesome! Beautiful! Creative! Unique!”
  • Allow students to go back, see the signs people left behind, make changes, and add finishing touches to their pieces.

Performance Expectations

Students will be able to create either a representational or abstract sculpture and reflect on their experience in building it.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

The World's Greatest Sculptures

Show your students world's greatest sculptures from around the world.