K-5th Transformation Paper Sculptures

Did you know that art always changes something?  Another word for change is transformation.  Think about when you make a painting.  Do you start with supplies and end up with something like this? Well, maybe not just like this.

Art is all about transformation.  Cornelia Parker is an artist who takes items, like forks and trombones, and transforms them into sculptures. Click the photo for video.

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 2.46.18 AMToday, you’re going to take two, 2-D (flat) pieces of paper and transform them into a 3-D sculpture.

  • What can you do to change a paper? Fold, cut, tear, glue, color, bend, wrap, curl… be creative!
  • Are you going to turn it into something recognizable? A flower, airplane, box, pyramid, bracelet, necklace, swan… OR are you going to make it something new?
  • Use as much of your papers as you want.  You have two pieces and may trade pieces with your table.
  • Best Art Tip: color your paper before you start gluing pieces together.


2nd-5th Opt Art Drawings

Opt Art, or Optical Art, is a style of art that creates an illusion to trick your eyes.  Opt Art can be on paper, painted on a wall, or even a street.  Street artists all over the world create Opt Art, or 3-D Street Art, that people can interact with.

Edgar Muller made a large 3-D Street Artwork called: The Crevasse.  What would you do if you saw a giant canyon like this on the street?  Would you play in it, be afraid to go near it, or pose in a funny way?

Here’s another 3-D Street Artwork that visitors can be a part of.  Look at how much fun people have pretending to be in the library!

4th & 5th graders: Julio Jimenez tells how he got started creating Optical Street Art.  He started by drawing on paper, just like you!  

  • Where does Julio get his inspiration?
  • Does his drawing look the same from ALL angles?  
  • What materials (or media) is he using?

How can you do that?  Here’s how!

Now, it’s your turn… (photos below)

  1. Place your hand on the paper, spread out your fingers.
  2. Lightly trace your hand and wrist in pencil.
  3. With a marker, start by drawing a straight line across the bottom of your page that “bumps” over your wrist.
  4. Leave a little space and repeat your line that “bumps” over your wrist. Repeat this step as you go over your each finger.  Fill your page, not just your hand.
  5. Color in your lines with markers: a pattern, a rainbow, anything!
  6. If you complete your artwork: WITH PERMISSION, you may get a drawing/ reading book and paper. 
hand examples