Monday, January 27, 2014

Relief Sculpture Hearts, 1st grade

 First graders are learning about 3-D art called sculpture, both in-the-round and relief sculpture, which is flat on the back and pops out on the front. We looked at these examples and compared the features:

We used yarn and foam scraps to make our raised surfaces, working with the heart theme since these will be finished just in time for Feb. 14! (I'm a big fan of Valentine's Day)

Next, we drizzled a little liquid glue over the cardboard and rubbed our foil VERY carefully - the more we rubbed, the more the shapes would pop out! After wrapping the extra foil around the back, we designed the color and line patterns with sharpies, emphasizing the 3-D part. I hope these will warm the hearts of many families in the next couple of weeks.


  1. I love this technique! You should show them the relief on Stone Mountain to make a connection to Georgia history. :)

    1. Ah! Perfect! Why didn't I think of that? :) thanks for that great tip!

  2. These are so pretty! I'm in the middle of my heart themed first grade art, too. Jim Dine's "Four Hearts" is our inspiration for oil pastel and pan tempera. I'm going to have to try the foil relief soon. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great valentine idea! -Kids love colored sharpie on foil, and they get to learn about relief at the same time.

  4. Can't WAIT to try these with my kiddos next week!! Just in time for Valetine's Day!! :)

  5. I'm new to teaching art, and love these! How exactly did you make them? Like step by step if you wouldn't mind?




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