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Clean Lines

This fun-folding sculpture transforms basic cardstock into a sparkling statement as glitter catches light! Students make several parts and arrange them in a variety of ways over & over.

  • Grade 4
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Research the sculpture “Complex Form 16” by Sol LeWitt; this artwork was donated to FAPE and installed at the US Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia in 2002. This sculpture is made out of painted aluminum. The version students will make is created with simple paper but is made to celebrate metal by using special metal-like markers!
    2. Using several pieces of heavy paper or cardstock, demonstrate to students how to cut each into 2 or 3 pieces by making diagonal, straight-line cuts across the paper. With each of these pieces, fold them into fifths, with the folds all being slightly off the angle of the previous one; one fifth will be glued overlapping to add extra strength.
    3. While the original sculpture that this project is based on is stark white to go along with the sophisticated elegance of the building, student versions can be colorful & fun to fit in with the atmosphere of their school. Use Crayola® Metallic Markers and Crayola Glitter Markers, students fill each side with an interesting textural pattern. Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils are perfect to mark off the sections of the insides of each piece that will show so that those white areas can also be filled with fun designs!
    4. After all sides have had time to dry, use a Crayola Glue Stick to glue each piece so that it creates a 3-D form. Encourage students to trim excess areas depending upon the angles that were created when the paper was folded; students can also use clear adhesive at each edge to ensure quick stability.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Engage in a range of discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    MATH: Extend understanding of fraction equivalence.

    MATH: Draw & identify lines and angles.

    VA: Artists & designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media and art-making approaches.

    VA: People create & interact with objects, places and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives.

  • Adaptations

    Measure each fold of each piece of paper and incorporate those values in your designs. Or fold each section of paper to a predetermined list of angles.

    Invite students to decorate each side of a piece of this sculpture with holiday or color-specific themes. For example, decorate one sculptural piece with seasonal pictures or symbols; or warm colors only on one piece; or the colors of the rainbow on designs as they circle around the sculpture piece.

    Have friends create their own set of sculpture pieces and mix-and-match them all. Or assemble them all together to create a dimensional ‘wall’.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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