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Looking for a pizzazzy book report format? Try bas-relief sculpture to add a new dimension to your next presentation!
Discuss what bas-relief is with students. Explain that it is a French term meaning 3-dimensional modeling that is raised slightly above a flat background. This kind of sculpture is meant to be seen from only one direction, unlike most other sculpture, which is viewed from all sides. Have students look for bas-relief borders or friezes on building walls in your community. Now that they know what it is, they will find them in lots of places!
Have students choose a book for their report. This example uses Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Miss Rumphius completed three important goals she set for herself when she was young. She traveled around the world, made the world more beautiful by planting lupines, and finally lived by the sea. Have students choose the most important parts of the book they read to illustrate.
To make a bas relief sculpture, find a lid from a recycled box such as a shoebox. You could use a round lid for circular story events, as in Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Doctor deSoto, or Waiting for Wings.
Have students use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw the background clouds and sky. If they change their mind, just erase and start again!
The following are directions for the pictured book report. Smooth on a layer of blue Model Magic to create the sea. Mix blue and yellow Model Magic to create a bright green for the grass. Layer grass near the sea.
Form a yellow road and a red cottage. Add details to the scene.
Mix red and green to form brown for the cottage roof, tree trunks, and island. Add them to the scene.
Mix varying colors of green for more visual interest. Experiment with yellow, blue, and white modeling compound to create tree tops, stems, leaves, palm trees, and mounds of grass. Apply them.
To make lupines, roll tiny balls of blue Model Magic. Press masses of balls together above the green stems. Mix red and white modeling compound to create pink lupines and red, blue, and white to create lavender lupines.
Add a red sailboat, yellow sail, and brown mast to the sea. Press gently into the scene.
Blend thin ropes of blue and white Model Magic to create light blue ripples. Press lightly. Air-dry the book report.
Students present their book report to small groups, so they can see the details in their bas relief.
Display the 7 principles of Kwanzaa in a one-of-a-kind accordion window book.
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