Students take inspiration from their Lino Prints to explore 3D space through sculpture. Shapes from their prints are interpreted in forms and voids are filled in with Modroc plaster bandages.
This activity was conducted in studioFive at MGSE as part of our Master of Teaching course.
- Mapping country, place and journey
- 2D to 3D extrapolation
Skills and Techniques
- Wire sculpture forming
- Modroc sculpting
- Thick gauge sculpture wire
- Modroc paster bandage
- Any other sculpture materials (balsa wood, masking tape, cardboard, thin wire)
Students begin by considering their Lino print pieces – thinking about ways in which they can represent components or themes within their work as 3D forms.
Sculpture wire and other materials are provided to students, who are invited to build a structure that is informed by or responsive to their lino print piece. They are encouraged to leave spaces and gaps within the work that can later be filled with plaster.
Once the sculptural frames are constructed, students can use modroc to fill sections of the form with solid covering. Encourage students to explore how covering and uncovering parts of their sculpture leads to new spaces and forms.
Sculptures are left to dry before being presented or used in further activities.
In this exercise, students translate their two dimensional mapping prints into three dimensional pieces. In doing so they are encouraged to revisit the source investigations of their 2D work and think about how these themes can be represented in sculptural forms.
This lesson can be used to explore how researched themes can be expressed in environmental and industrial designs. The process of moving from two dimensional representations into three dimensions is an important process for designers to experiment with.
Following lessons can extend these concepts by:
- The sculptures can be used as drawing/painting sources.
- Experiment with drawing multiple views of the sculpture within a single drawing
- Experiment with manipulating light and drawing the shadows that the sculpture casts.
- Paint elements from the lino prints on to the modroc sections of the sculpture.
- Consider how the sculptural forms could be used within an industrial or environmental design context.