Louise Nevelson Found Sculpture Project

Louise Nevelson found sculpture projectThis Louise Nevelson found sculpture project was inspired by her creation of wood assemblages. Louise was a passionate artist who worked hard to get recognition in the mostly male art world, and wished to be seen as more than just a ‘woman artist’. She died in New York in 1988, but is now considered one of America’s most innovative sculptors.
• Found objects, bottom of the draw stuff
• Acrylic paint, white or black or gold

1. I glued the basic square as shown ahead of time for the young students to keep things sturdy. Give each student white glue and enough sticks to fill in the box as shown to make a flat board.
2. Collect a bunch of small items (like buttons, paper clips, puzzle pieces, etc.) that have different shapes and textures and have the students glue them down with generous amounts of white glue. Let dry overnight.
3. Paint everything heavily with white or black acrylic paint. It make take two coats to block out all the underlying color, which is the goal.

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8 Responses

  1. John

    What a great idea – thanks for this, really impressed!

  2. jek-a-go-go

    awesome! i do this with cardboard and black paint! i’ve been meaning to post it forever and just haven’t found the time for it. i like the popsicle sticks base!

  3. Chris

    Hi Kathy,

    I just want to drop you a note to thank you for your wonderful blog.
    I came across your blog this past January and my 5 yr old son (Alex) and I have since then enjoyed many of your fun art projects. I don’t know much about art and I am really glad to have a chance to introduce Alex to the art world through your blog. I have posted all of Alex’s work in my blog – http://simplepleasuresiol.blogspot.com/ with links to your blog in each individual project.

    Thank you once again. We look forward to trying more of your projects.


  4. School for Us

    My daughter and I completed our Nevelson projects. We had so much fun and loved the results. Thank you!!! (Here’s a link if you’d like to see it:http://alexml.blogspot.com/2009/02/kathy-over-at-art-projects-for-kids-has.html) Sorry for the long link – I forgot to put a title so blogger picked its own. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth

    I love this idea!

  6. Cheryl Trowbridge

    I recently discovered your blog and I love all your great ideas! I teach a similar project to this one, but instead of paint, we spread a thin layer of white glue over the top and press a sheet of aluminum foil over that. Then we cover that with a thin layer of black tempera and wipe most of it off, leaving it mainly in the crevices. I look forward to trying it your way, too!! (I also have a blog about teaching art to kids: http://teachkidsart.blogspot.com)

  7. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks. I once tried it with chip board but it curled so much from the paint that I vowed never to do it again. Someone on Artsonia had the brilliant idea about popsicle sticks.

  8. School for Us

    I’m so glad you posted this! We were just at the Amon Carter Museum last week in Ft Worth, Texas. We were there for a class and studied one of Nevelson’s pieces of art – “Lunar Landscape Wall.” This will be a wonderful project for us! Thanks!!!

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