Continuing from our observational work (previous post) regards movement in the human body, Second Grade students have been considering what further knowledge is necessary for artists to represent the human form. It was first necessary to be able to follow procedural instructions to recreate a ‘stick figure’ in wire. This in itself was not easy for many and required several attempts.

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At that same time, art class may have been mistaken for aerobics, as students could be seen lifting their foot to their forearm, or stretching hands to the floor, in a quest to discover new facts about human body proportions. New and prior knowledge has been applied as they are encouraged to regularly evaluate the proportions and later, the muscle formation within their work. It may be interesting for parents to ask their child of any knowledge he/she has, about measurements within the body. As they build on their work, the wire has been referred to as ‘the skeleton’ and the yarn referred to as ‘the muscles’.

Line and shape have been a focus, and the skill of wrapping yarn tight, tying knots, and knowing exactly where to increase the amount of yarn in order to create the form of muscles, whilst still allowing for movement of joints. The initial lessons were challenging for most students, and yet it has been great to see, as individuals gain confidence, their willingness to share their knowledge/understanding with peers, and assist each other with difficult stages of the process.

Here, a student compares her work to a mannequin, as she considers next steps, to further build the formation of muscles.

Next Steps: Creativity, Reflection & Evaluation

As students complete their basic structure, the real fun begins with creativity. Students will bring individual ideas to the work in the way of clothes, hair and accessories. A final reflection/evaluation of the work will take place, with the help of peers in the last week. Watch this space for our gallery of completed ‘little people’