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Bas Relief Sculpture Project (from 2-D into 3-D)

Global Context: Identities and Relationships

Key Concepts: Change
Related Concepts: Representation, Genre, Interpretation
Inquiry Questions:
Factual: What animals, plants, and other life forms do humans interact with?
Conceptual: What defines humans relationships with other life on our planet?
Debatable: How does human behavior change our relationships to other life on earth?

Relief sculpturesculpture that projects in varying degrees from a two-dimensional background
Biomorphicresembling or suggesting the forms of living organisms

You will create a bas-relief sculpture of organic subject matter. This can be a portrait of a person,
an animal, plant life, or a fictional character or animal.
1. Begin with at least 4 sketches of your ideas.
2. When you decide on your subject matter, create TWO full-size (8 1/2 x 11), DETAILED
sketches: one of the front of the sculpture and one side-view (profile) to show how objects
and forms will project from the surface.
3. Consider the entire surface of your clay as a composition, rather than just a floating image
surrounded by negative space. You may use borders, background images and surface
texture to enhance your composition. Be creative in adding images and texture s that did
not exist in your original source photo.
a. Your design can extend off the edges of your clay slab, but not by more than 1. Any
additive elements must be no higher than 1.
4. Before starting your larger sculpture, take 30 minutes to create a small (4 x 4) tile with an
ADDITIVE sculpture of a leaf or other biomorphic form. Experiment with additive and
subtractive methods, as well as texture.
a. Then you will complete a WRITTEN reflection in your sketchbook about this
process. Address the following questions:
i. What did you choose to sculpt and why?
ii. What did you find most challenging and why?
iii. What did you learn that you can apply to your larger, final sculpture?
5. There is a limited window of time for this project, so it is very important to keep pace with
the class schedule. You must work EVERY DAY during this project, as you cannot take your
sculpture home to work on it.
6. Craftsmanship is VERY important to the overall success of your work!!
7. You will also complete a written reflection for your final sculpture. Questions for that will
be posted on Bulbapp.com later in the unit.
Bas Relief Sculpture Rubric
Criterion A Knowing and Understanding Limited Adequate Substantial Excellent
1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8
i. Demonstrates knowledge of the art form
studied, including concepts and processes.
Uses subject specific terminology
ii. Demonstrates understanding of the role of the
art form in the original setting and in others
iii. Uses acquired knowledge to shape their
artistic decisions in the creative process.
Criterion B Developing Skills
i. Acquires and develops skills and techniques
ii. Applies skills and techniques to create and/or
present art
Criterion D Responding
i. Constructs meaning with depth and insight
and effectively transfers learning to new
ii. Reflects effectively on the impact of their art
on the world around them
iii. Critiques the artwork of self and others

Total Score /24