Making Dinosaur Maquettes – PART 1

As most of you know, I absolutely love what I do and I love, love, LOVE sharing art and creative thinking with others. Especially if those others are kiddos. I am currently working on an Art Masterpiece project based on James Gurney and the maquettes that he builds in order to study how light falls on the subjects he’s painting. I emiled him a while ago in preparation for this project, asking if he has any suggestions on how to work with a classroom of second graders, when making dinosaur maquettes. He was most helpful. Thank you Mr. Gurney. The kids absolutely love your work.
Last week was the first session of our maquette building project. As anticipated, creating the wire armatures that act as the skeleton of the dinosaurs was the most challenging. We had mostly bipeds, but also some quadripeds that the kids wanted to model. Once the armatures when complete, be began fleshing out the Dicos using aluminum foil. Esentially, adding the muscles. The kids were very focused and they had some very successful results. Here are some photos of the progress so far. This Friday, I’ll be back in class with them, when we will begin adding the skin and detail of the dinosaurs using sculpey clay. I’ll keep you posted.

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