Package 1 - Year 3 & 4 Subject - Creative arts - Action figures

In this lesson your child will create a sculpture based on a poem.

Week 4 - Package 1 - Year 3 & 4 Subject - Creative arts - Action figures

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

Ideal

  • ‘Shadow party’ poem (see below) by Sioban Timmer, illustrated by Christopher Nielsen: Copyright: The School Magazine, Blast Off, Issue 2, 2020

  • Chalk

  • Paper and pencil, crayon or texta

  • Aluminium foil

  • Black texta, pencil or paint

  • Action figure drawing footage

Back up

  • Charcoal, paper and pencil

  • Blutak or playdough

  • Dark lead pencil such as 2B

Before your child starts

Think about:

  • What is a sculpture and what is figurative art?

  • How are shadows made?

  • Do I have some materials to make figurative sculptures such as aluminium foil, blutak or playdough?

What your child needs to do

  1. Read the ‘Shadow party’ poem with your child (see below).

  2. Discuss with your child what the poem means. What do they know about shadows?

  3. On a sunny day or in a dark room with a torch, explore the shadows they can create.

  4. Ask your child to create a pose for you to copy which represents some sort of movement. Ask them to trace the shadow with chalk on the ground. If indoors, use an action figure of Lego character and trace with paper and pencil.

What your child can do next

  1. Using either Lego characters, a doll or any other figure item available (such as an action figure), ask your child to model the body shape created earlier as exactly as possible.

  2. Your child should then recreate this movement pose using aluminium foil to create a 3D sculpture.

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  1. After creating this sculpture, your child should explore its shadow. They can then draw or trace the shadow of their sculpture and fill it in using black texta, pencil or paint so it looks like a permanent shadow or shadows. It is a good idea to sticky tape or blutak the figure prior to this tracing process.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Watch shadows throughout the day. Use figurines to explore body shapes and shadows.

Activity too easy?

Create larger sculptures or a family of sculptures and explore their shadows.

Extension/additional activity

Using this draw and print figurative footage (select the link) of action figurative drawing to take this activity further and draw action figures. The focus here is the body or figure drawing not on the face.

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‘Shadow party’ Poem by Sioban Timmer, illustrated by Christopher Nielsen

Copyright: The School Magazine, Blast Off, Issue 2, 2020

Drawing by Christopher Nielsen
Image of child in light with a shadow

‘People think that shadows go

Each time we lose the light

But that’s when shadows party—

When the daytime turns to night

We just assume our silhouette

Is waiting for our call

But when we close our eyes at night

Well, they’re not there at all

In sunshine they just copy (Which can really be a bore)

But free to roam within the dark

They dance and fly and soar

The darkness makes it possible

For them to leave your side

And when our shadows get the chance

They wander far and wide

So every night while you’re in bed

And sleep is close to hand

You can dream about your shadow

Dancing free across the land.’


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