Saturday, July 2, 2011

Assemblages



With a class of kindergarteners we constructed assemblages based on the work of the twentieth century American sculptor Louise Nevelson. We talked about her background and the characteristics of her work. The children were given an assortment of utilitarian household objects that they arranged and then glued to a sheet of masonite using Tacky Glue. We attached pieces of foam core to the four sides of the masonite base to make a shadow box. When the glue had dried we went out to the playground and I sprayed the boxes, with the children standing at a safe distance, using silver spray paint. When the assemblage is transformed into one color, the emphasis of the work is now on the simple shapes of the objects.