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Sculpture KS2 – Create your own 3D relief sculpture

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Years 3-6


Transform observational sketches into monstrously marvellous dragon eyes with this sculpture KS2 idea…

This sculpture KS2 unit of work emerged, almost by accident, following our study of the wonderful picture book Black Dog by Levi Pinfold.

The book features a monstrous, scary dog prowling around the exterior of a house. One potent illustration depicts a huge amber eye peering in through the bathroom window.

It was this scene that captured the imagination of my class. It inspired us all to complete our own artistic studies of eyes.

Starter activity

The real success of this project relies upon sourcing high-resolution photographs of the eyes of different animal species. These are essential to focus the children on the incredible variation of textures and colours within the structure of an eye.

It’s also instrumental in moving them away from the typical ‘black dot and white circle’ forms they may have used in their past artwork.

A quick Google search will provide numerous results. However, I strongly suggest looking at the photography of the artist Suren Manvelyan. The images are truly stunning and had my class hooked!

What they’ll learn

  • How to complete detailed, observational sketches of the intricate details within an eye
  • How to create a 3D relief sculpture
  • How to combine different materials to achieve a variety of colour and texture effects within a 3D sculpture

Marc Bowen is a deputy head and primary teacher in South Wales, and is always keen to engage in professional dialogue. Email him or follow him on Twitter @RaglanVC. Browse more KS2 art ideas.

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