Saturday, January 10, 2015

Paper City, Assignment Guidelines

Construct two sculptures that demonstrate structure, stability and kinetic movement.
Inspired by the work of Charles Young. Link here.

Challenge the student to complex and detail construction while introducing conceptual ideas about the miniature. Incorporate kinetic motion.

White Rives Paper
Exacto Knife
Cut Matt
Chunky wood scraps from the wood shop.
Since you have to make each piece kinetic, you will need to employ materials you deem necessary for the piece to move. Examples are dowels (shish-kabob skewers work well as do paper fasteners).
Any type of adhesive can be used but it cannot be visible in final solution.


  • Size for each sculpture should be at least 6 inches in height, width and depth. 
  • Use only white paper.
  • Employ methods of scoring and folding the paper. 
  • Do not incorporate color.
  • Adhesives can be used but must not be visible.
  • The paper structure does not have to attach to wood base. 
  • When developing your idea, create a narrative. By doing so, your sculpture will take on characteristics that visually describe the narrative. 
  • Assign a title to each sculpture. Write title and your name on the bottom of each base.
  • Link here for a template on turning mechanism

Step 1:
In class, begin exploring materials and ideas.
Come to the next class with two complete sculptures in "rough phase". For each sculpture, have at least one characteristic from the work of any of the artists listed on Paper City Visual Examples (the artists I showed in class, are available here on blog for you to look at again). Also, each sculpture should have an element that moves. Remember, these are rough, so tape and pencil lines can show. Each of you will present your sculptures in class. Be prepared to tell me what artist(s) you used and give a demonstration on the moving mechanism for each sculpture.

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