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3D Projects II

Activity 1: community steps

A lovely community/public space project but get permission from the local authority first!


For this you need to use masonry paint, mixing primary colours and some water seal varnish to protect the colours.


Base your project on a zentangle or mark-making exercise that you have done before.


Activity 2: driftwood sculpture

This clever piece of art by Marc Bourlier  could form part of family-related project, where people could make a similar piece of their own family that attempts to reveal family dynamics.

Activity 3: using wire mesh

What could be created from this?


Could be a perfect wire and textile project, combined with other small objects.


*Chicken wire is a similar product to this fencing mesh.

Activity 4: encaustic (on barn wood)

There are a variety of ways to make ones of these or paint on an old, rustic ready-made door. You could embellish it with other pieces of found wood or drift wood.

Created by Micki Buksar Cecil.


*You could build up layers of watered down acrylic paint and sand back to produce a distressed look.


Activity 5: popped cork sculpture

A great project - the question is how to get hold of those corks? Use a glue gun for this.

I recommend creating a wire frame for larger sculptures.


Sculpture by Amy Christie.


*How about making some cork stamps to use in a journal?

Activity 6: horse's head

This was made commercially and exported from the Far East, perhaps Indonesia. 


This is a good example of using found objects (like driftwood or pine cones) to make something.


*Have a look at the way the horses were created for London's 'War Horse' West End production. 

Beads come in a variety of forms and it's well worth looking around for bargain packs. Some examples are: bugle beads, delica beads (miyuki), faceted beads and rocaille (round beads).

With beads you can create jewelry, wind chimes, installations or stick them on canvas, similar to a mosaic. You could thread them through wire to make a three dimensional piece of art.



Artist Unknown.

Activity 7: art with beads

Activity 8: tree ring art

You can get sections of a tree from a country fair for instance.

Activity 1: Use one of these tree sections (about three inches thick) and paint each ring a different colour. Nice to hang on a wall.


Activity 2: Draw a series of rings on a piece of paper. With each ring representing a year of your life, write and illustrate an auto-biography.


*Link this in with a study of trees and how necessary they are to sustain life.

Activity 9: using clothes pegs

This is a perfect example of giving an everyday object a second life as a piece of art. These are two great examples:

Pieces by Shirley Goode.


*Paint could be added afterwards if desired.

Activity 10: painted shoes - or anything

You can use anything as a canvas, even some canvas shoes. I have seen works of art on table tops too and Brighton Council allows grafiti artists to show their skills in designated spaces.


Art by Linda Hill.

This sculpture is created by

1) Making a wire frame. 

2) Padding it with foil (or styrofoam).

3) Covering it over with more foil and brushed with PVA.

4) Wrapping it in polyester wadding and winding it with fluffy thread to keep it in place. 

5) Wrapping it with masking tape.

6) Applying paperclay, which will allow you to sculpt the finer details at the end.


Idea/method by Julia Nazarenko (JuNa).

Activity 11: paperclay sculpture

This Cancer Research window display installation was created for World Book Day. It can provide inspiration for your own version, using all sorts of media!

Some window displays from independent shops can be more 'arty' and imaginative to draw inspiration from.


Artist unknown.

Activity 11: paper & textile installation

This a wonderful project using seedpods. You could glue them together using UHU in a box frame or on a piece of wood for example. If you have a glass topped coffee table you could fix this underneath for effect.

Scott Cardamatis and Joseph Saad (Australian Eco Art)

Activity 12: using seedpods

What a great idea! This activity (circle weaving on clay looms) has been successfully demonstrated by Beth Carter.

One of Beth's students created this example using stoneware clay (then fired) with oil pastels (or construction paper crayons), one colour of watercolour paint and mod podge to seal and protect.

Rubber texture mats were used to roll the clay out on and lid tracers for the big hole in the middle. Drinking straws were used for the surrounding holes - make sure that there is an odd number of these! (15 or 19 holes).

Activity 13: circular ceramic looms

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