As a study in movement, seventh and eighth grade students created these historical figure sculptures. We spend several class periods practicing the skill of gesture drawing with some moving class models. These quick sketches were designed to help students realize that when we are in motion, our body is often at a diagonal and only one leg is touching the floor. We anticipated where the person would be several seconds after the moment we captured.
Once students had a good grasp on the concept of drawing humans in motion, we took it to the next level by creating sculptures! Each student chose a historical figure or famous person and created a three-dimensional human sculpture using wire and clay. Their sculpture needed to have correct human proportions and also needed to demonstrate motion.
Final sculptures were painted with acrylic paint and placed on display with riddle-like fact cards to help the viewers guess the identity of each person.