This project is inspired by Pop Art and the artist Claes Oldenburg who created a series of Soft Sculptures.
In September 1962, Oldenburg had decided to make sculptures of a grand scale. Plaster was ill-suited to the task–too fragile and heavy–and so the artist, with the assistance of his then wife, Patty Mucha, a skilled seamstress, created sculptures of fabric. Working in the gallery, Oldenburg and Mucha made Floor Burger, Floor Cake, and Floor Cone, three oversized soft sculptures.
Inspired by Oldenburg’s artworks, Grade 7 students were introduced to the use of clay in order to make and colour their own food sculpture. The aim was to understand the differences between 2D and 3D work as well as gain a deeper understanding of Pop Art and the subjects that were explored during that time. Students then coloured their sculptures, developed craftsmanship as well as prepared the exhibition space and signs as part of the presentation skills development.
Ms Konstantina Kapanidou – Art Teacher