Sculpture

Make a Sensory Sculpture

Use materials that look and feel different to make a sculpture with Harold Offeh

Do you know what your senses are? When you touch, smell, see, taste or hear something, you are using one of your senses. A sensory sculpture is a sculpture that uses your senses. You might be able to see it, hear it or smell it!

You will need

  • A glass or plastic bottle or a jam jar with a lid
  • Some plasticine or sticky tack to fill the top of the bottle
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Water
  • Food colouring

To add the 'sensory' parts of the sculpture you could choose from many different objects. Here are some ideas:

  • Coloured card, scrap paper or newspaper
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Fabric (maybe an old sock, scarf or t-shirt that you don't use anymore and can be cut up)
  • Tin foil or baking parchment
  • Shiny plastic wrappers or sticky-back plastic
  • Baking beads

Artists included in this video

Hélio Oiticica, ‘B17 Glass Bólide 05 ‘Homage to Mondrian’’ 1965
Hélio Oiticica
B17 Glass Bólide 05 ‘Homage to Mondrian’ 1965
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© Projeto Hélio Oiticica
Eileen Agar
Sculpture consisting of a stone coloured orange and wrapped in small vertebrae strung on thick string
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© The estate of Eileen Agar. All Rights Reserved 2021 / Bridgeman Images
Piet Mondrian, ‘Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red’ 1937–42
Piet Mondrian
Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937–42
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A note to teachers

Watching this video your students will make a creative response using their senses to guide their choice of materials. Taking inspiration from famous artists they will develop a range of ideas independently. They will experiment with sculpture using found materials and learn how to use the senses to guide their artmaking.

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