|Louise Nevelson - Assemblage Sculptor|
So, aimed with the knowledge of sculptures that were busy and all one color, I searched and searched till I found it, or rather - her. Louise Nevelson. Louise is known for her assemblage sculptures full of texture, rhythms, objects, and always painted a solid color.
I had prepared a slide show with some of Louise's work. I asked the students to look at them and raise their hand when they could tell me something they noticed. I then had the students pair share what they noticed. After a few minutes of further discovery we talked as a class. We talked about what we thought they were made of, what individual pieces they saw, the rhythms and NOT patterns, layering, shadows, lights - we even discussed why they thought she painted her work all one color.
Kids used wood glue and hot glue to assemble their projects. (Yes, 2nd grade used hot glue. We talked about safety and how hot glue is HOT -etc.) It took us a good two classes to get everything glued they way they wanted. Then the third class, students got to pick what color they wanted to paint their projects. I reminded them that they needed to be ALL one color. When kids were 'done' we got down at eye level and turned their project all the way around to make sure they really got it all painted!
I then took their projects and hung them on the bulletin board by color so that they kind of mimic Louise Nevelson and her rhythm of rectangle boxes.