chapter  Chapter 14
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Sculpture

WithDebrah C. Sickler-Voigt

This chapter describes sculpture and its qualities, functions, and meanings in society. It aims to identify best practices for teaching sculpture and creates instructional resources for teaching sculpture. In prehistoric times, societies formed sculptures by manipulating natural resources such as mud, wet sand, clay, wood, rock, bone, and ivory into aesthetic forms to express meanings. Sculptors join different parts together to build an additive sculpture. Technology plays an important role in contemporary sculpture design and production. Sculptures are also developed as models for designed products, including toys, figurines, home appliances, and architectural structures. Comprehensive sculpture learning tasks provide means for students to communicate their ideas three-dimensionally while working individually and in teams. Sculptors create assemblages by arranging found objects in a pleasing design to produce three-dimensional, additive sculptures. Artists use wires and aluminum foil to make static and kinetic sculptures. Quality sculpture lessons come to life in regular classrooms, specialized studio spaces, and school wood-shops.