Introduce the early learners to sculptures, statutes and 3D Modelling. This can be achieved by showing them images of famous sculptures and discussing what they mean, who created them, the materials used, interesting facts about the sculptures and any other topics that emerge from the children’s questions or discussion.
The three images depict famous sculptures from around the world! Use these as your starting point. You may also read a book with the early learners on famous sculptures, like The Game of Sculpture by Hervé Tullet, which is an interactive book that encourages children to make their own piece of art!
Gather natural materials with children, encouraging them to choose what they think they may need to make their sculpture. The materials can be gathered on a nature walk or in a nearby park/outdoor space. The educator may also gather the materials and display a selection for children to choose from.
Show the early learners a simple example of what they could do with the clay. Demonstrate how to kneel clay to make it soft.
Provide a calm space for children to work independently on their sculpture. Provide help when needed but encourage children to work as independently as possible, using their imagination and own ideas to create their unique piece of art.
When the early learners are ready encourage them to engage in discussion about their sculpture. Adapt this learning opportunity to the interests, age and stage of children in your care.