Today we make a sculpture

Today We Make a Sculpture

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A mirror and aluminum foil are enough to get to know and explore the shapes of the body and the art of sculpture in a simple and fun way.


  1. A full length mirror
  2. Images of Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. Mouldable metal wire
  5. A base of your choice

These days, the time available to devote to creative activities is certainly not lacking … so why not make beautiful sculptures with the children, inspired by the activity of a famous sculptor? It starts by looking in the mirror!

Today We Make A Sculpture

Mirror, mirror

For the little ones, standing in front of a full-length mirror can be a very interesting and fun game: you can study the joints and the many positions they are able to assume, static or dynamic, freezing as in a still image to interpret simple daily actions: walk, throw, wait, run, stop

After the children have become familiar with their body and its expressive abilities, you can show them the works of the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, known throughout the world for his thread-like sculptures, and stimulate their imagination by proposing to give to each one a title, or asking to “interpret” new expressive statues starting from the position of the figure represented in the sculpture, pointing out how, by changing the position, the meaning also changes.

Tinfoil can also be expressive

Starting from Giacometti’s sculptures, the language available will be made up of lines, proportion of spaces, tension of form. Children have a natural familiarity with stylization and will therefore be at ease in representing the human figure with the thin shapes typical of the artist. Starting with small pieces of foil helps you become familiar with the material; figures that are not too tall will have no problem holding up even without a support. You can start from a single rectangular sheet of aluminum foil, from which to obtain two bands for the legs and another three for the head and arms. All that remains is to model the shape by taking inspiration from the artist but interpreting pose and meaning at will.

From the skeleton to the shape

A more structured work of larger dimensions can also be created. In fact, just as Giacometti added material to the metal skeleton at the base of his sculpture, so can children with foil and a stable support. For this purpose, it will be useful to start from a drawing, to have a clear idea of ​​what you want to achieve : sketches with a few lines are enough to trace the structure of the work (possibly from multiple angles). Starting from this sketch, we proceed to create the skeleton of the sculpture, that is a sort of “armor” made of soft metal wire(to be modeled with your hands or with nose pliers to obtain a more precise shape), to then be fixed on a pedestal. This base not only has a functional purpose but can become part of the work, delimiting the space and creating the environment in which the figure moves: it can be a simple black cardboard or a parallelepiped of wood or polystyrene (perhaps recovered from packaging ), possibly covered with foil.

The armor can also be strengthened with paper tape, and the whole thing will then be covered with long strips of foil twisted around the shape (smooth for a shiny effect, wrinkled for a rough surface close to the artist’s style). In any case, with or without armor, tinfoil sculptures are a simple and immediate way for children to explore the spatial dimension of a work. The art experienced firsthand thus becomes part of their experience: they will easily be able to dialogue with it and will have an extra channel to express themselves.

That’s How

  1. Think about the subject
  2. Draw the sketch
  3. Shape the armor
  4. Attach the armature to the pedestal
  5. Model the figure with several layers of foil
  6. Give your sculpture a title

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