5th Grade Students Create Balloon Dog Sculptures
Fifth grade students are learning about Jeff Koons, a famous American Sculptor known for his large Pop Art sculptures, often featuring a balloon dog. The balloon dog sculptures are bold, brightly colored, and made from stainless steel with a shiny metallic finish. First, students practiced drawing and shading a balloon dog using a variety of light and dark values. They paid special attention to the observed light reflection that appears on the original balloon dog sculpture.
After practicing drawing and shading form, students were given the opportunity to work and create three-dimensional sculptures using Crayola Model Magic. To start their project they warmed the clay up in their hands to make it workable. Then they created the necessary body parts. Mrs. Schlosstein, Middle School Art Teacher, guided the students through a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the balloon dog's body parts. The students used plastic straws for an armature to strengthen and support the sculpture. To complete the sculpture students modeled and formed the clay to the correct proportions for their final masterpieces.