Discover a new take on working in 3D with this classroom tip from artist educator Louise Sayarer:
Everything around us is being shaped and sculpted - but where do making techniques come from? Making a 3D object can often feel quiet daunting...
Have a look at artefacts produced by insects or animals as a way of getting into new sculptural methods. Try copying the making technique of a chosen animal, for example a weaver bird, as a short session to bring out other ways of working with materials more intuitively and playfully. The animal can be watched for inspiration.
These animals, just like artists, make things using found materials, carefully reforming them through various processes.
As an experiment use a selection of string, paper, rope, bits of wool, shredded paper and other fragments and scraps and begin to assemble them together using airdrying clay into a 3D object.
Working with these objects and processes can give the final pieces a diverse range of materials, surface qualities and densities. This leads to more interesting 3D forms and a better understanding and enjoyment of why we make things!