I bought a bunch of white Styrofoam: spheres of different sizes, a large ring,
and several cones. Then I constructed a mobile from these by dipping
toothpicks into glue and then into the Styrofoam. I did it while I had a class
working on a project and it didn't take long for several students to get in on
the fun. In very little time we had come up with great piece. We didn't stick
the toothpicks all the way in on the outer forms, but let them "float" around
the nucleus. Come to think of it, shishkebob sticks could really open it up.
We hung it in the center of the room and tied it off to it from rotating. My
Art I students chose a light source and model the shapes accordingly, using
Ebony pencils on a 14x20 format. They were to draw a section of the sculpture
so that it ran off at least three sides of the paper and ignore the
toothpicks. They add spheres floating around the major mass in any large
negative spaces. They turned out very well.
Some of my advanced students liked the idea so they did theirs on colored
paper using complementary colors of Prismacolors, hatching the two colors in
the shadowed areas.
After the drawings were finished we cut lose the tie-downs and enjoyed the
mobile for the rest of the year. I was shocked at how many visitors commented
Think I'll pull it out of its box and add some to it for this year's Art I
Before I came up with this project, I borrowed large foam shapes (for playing
with parachutes) and plastic cones from the elementary school P.E. classes and
set up a still life. After they drew and modeled the forms, they could make
things from them - cans of cat food, gift boxes, etc.
I can't wait to see some new ideas! Thanks for bringing up this topic.