Art of the Week – Polar Bear Sculpture

This was the second part of a two-part lesson on three dimensions and sculpting.  In part one, the class created the armature of a polar bear out of aluminum foil.  Tad showed me his foil form last week, but it wasn’t camera ready.

Yesterday, the sculpting began.  And WOW, did Tad take to sculpting!

Tad and his polar bear

I was blown away by just how much he “got” the concept of 3D, of textures, of proportions, and even little details.

Up close

The shape of the head, and the eyes, nose, and mouth are all great…. and the ears!  The ears look like real ears!

Even closer

Tad has seen polar bears at Point Defiance, so I think he has a realistic sense of what a polar bear does look like.  But still.  His teacher was really impressed with him.

And this really was what I was hoping to get out of art lessons for Tad.  He loves drawing, and I knew he would enjoy painting.  But sculpting with clay?  He’s done some small school projects, and played with Play-Doh, but nothing that indicated that he grasped the concept like this.  But I really wanted him to experiment with different mediums, just so we could see what else he might be able to do.

I guess we just found out!

2 Responses to “Art of the Week – Polar Bear Sculpture”

  1. Linda
    November 29th, 2016 09:10

    Fantabulous, Tad! You have a Great Talent! Hugs!

  2. Nana
    November 29th, 2016 18:48

    Unbelievable!! What a gift he has. Pass the Kleenex please….