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Giacometti Glue Drawing

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Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) was a Swiss sculptor, famous for his strangely elongated human forms.

I’ve discovered that drawing these figures with glue is both easy, AND the perfect medium to match the texture in his sculpture. I’ve made a drawing tutorial to guide students in drawing their own. The goal is to have them experiment with different posts, but still keep a very thin and elongated look.

• View and download Giacometti Figure Tutorial


  • Black card stock paper
  • White glue
  • Chalk pastel


  1. Students draw guidelines on a sheet of 6″ x 11″ sheet of black cardstock or construction paper.
  2. A figure is drawn as desired with pencil.
  3. The figure is traced and filled in with white glue. Allow to dry overnight.


  1. Students chose 2 or more chalk pastels and color randomly all over the paper.
  2. Important: the chalk must be blended with fingers to create a smooth look and to get color in all the edges close to the glue.
  3. The glue figure is rubbed carefully with a tissue so that stays black.
  4. Spray with a fixative or hair spray to minimize the dust.