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Middle-School Art Assignment 7: Food Sculptures

In this dynamic Visual Art lesson, students embarked on a tactile and imaginative journey, creating Food Sculptures using self-drying Paper-Clay. The medium not only offered a malleable and versatile canvas but also allowed for the exploration of various hand-made clay techniques, enriching the sculptural process.

Students honed their craftsmanship by incorporating essential techniques such as scoring, slipping, coiling, sticking, and smoothing. Scoring involved creating shallow cuts or scratches on the clay surface to enhance adhesion, while slipping, the application of a thin layer of liquid clay, facilitated seamless joining of different clay components. Coiling allowed for the construction of cylindrical shapes, offering versatility in sculpting various food forms. The techniques of sticking and smoothing contributed to refining details and achieving a polished finish in the final sculptures.

A variety of hand-clay tools were introduced to students, including sculpting knives, carving tools, and texture brushes. These tools enabled precise shaping, carving, and detailing, empowering students to bring their culinary-inspired creations to life with intricate textures and forms.

Following the sculpting phase, students elevated their sculptures to vibrant works of art through the application of acrylic paints. The use of hand-painted varnish gloss or a clear-lacquer spray provided a finishing touch, enhancing the visual appeal while preserving the sculptures.

The culmination of this Art lesson resulted in a delectable array of Food Sculptures, each a testament to the students' creativity, technical skill, and understanding of clay as a medium. Beyond the visual feast, this hands-on experience fostered a deeper appreciation for the sculptural process, unleashing the students' artistic potential and leaving a lasting impression on their creative journey.

Food Sculpture Assessment Criteria:

A.)-Knowledge and Understanding:

a.1)-The student demonstrates a comprehensive understanding and effective application of sculpting skills and techniques in the creation of the food sculpture.
a.2)-The incorporation of artwork examples related to the student's own cuisine culture or exploration of other cultural cuisines serves as a source of inspiration, evidenced by a successful execution of a sculpture resembling a similar theme.
a.3)-The utilization of a minimum of 3 reference photographs for design ideas is reflected in a well-executed preliminary planning sketch.
a.4)-The intended message within the artwork, pertaining to the selected theme, is effectively communicated.
a.5)-Additionally, the colour contrast, form, shape, and size are reasonably planned, supporting the overall theme with a high degree of effectiveness.

B.)-Thinking and Inquiry:

b.1)-The student displays critical thinking skills by incorporating relevant words or phrases within the sculpture artwork to enhance visual depictions.
b.2)-The composition of the food sculpture demonstrates variation and adherence to 5 compositional elements, including lines, shape, texture, colour, and space.
b.3)-The composition exhibits at least 3 areas of variation in lines (visible or invisible), shape, texture, colour, and space, achieving an adequate degree of composition.
b.4)-Originality is evident in both the planning and final execution of the food sculpture, contributing to a substantial degree of effectiveness.


c.1)-The student demonstrates a mostly effective use of three different sculpture techniques—joining techniques (join, stick, score, and smooth), coil, slab, and pinch—following the specified steps.
c.2)-Attention to finer details within the clay work showcases a honed skill in sculpture techniques.
c.3)-The successful application of three Principles of Design contributes to the overall visual impact of the food sculpture, illustrating a thoughtful and skilful approach to artistic expression.