Creating a bas-relief out of plasticine is a great way to introduce children to the art of modeling, as they will be able to create their own three-dimensional artwork. It is also an excellent educational tool, as it develops their spatial thinking and creative abilities.
Explain to the students that a bas-relief is a type of sculpture that has figures on top of a flat surface, which is called a “background.” This technique is used in ancient and medieval cultures to represent things such as flowers and animals. It is often found in churches, mosques and temples.
A bas-relief can be made with any medium that will produce a flat surface that is raised from the base of a statue or figure. Some materials include marble, wood, stone, clay and plaster mixtures.
Discuss that in order to create a bas-relief it is necessary to use a material that is malleable enough that it will allow the sculptor to create the figures on the top of the surface without damaging it. This means that the material must be able to withstand a lot of pressure and must not be too stiff or hard.
The choice of the material is a key consideration when choosing the style and subject matter of the bas-relief. For example, a bas-relief depicting a garden scene is often made from clay or modeling materials that represent real plants and flowers.
Once the subject of the bas-relief has been decided, it is time to start the actual modeling process. Modeling plasticine is a good place to start, as it can be used by children of all ages and skill levels.
Begin by making the main shapes for the figure and then begin to make the details of the image. This can be done using a stack of plasticine or by hand.
Depending on how complex your image is, you can create the figure using a variety of colors. This can be a fun and rewarding activity for kids, as it will give them the opportunity to learn how to combine different colors to create interesting effects.
The finished product can be framed or mounted on a wall. It is a wonderful and inexpensive method of creating a three-dimensional work of art for any room in the house, with a lot of possibilities to choose from.
If the bas-relief will be hung on the wall, it is important to consider how the light will affect it. It should not be too bright or too dim, as this can make it look unnatural.
It is also important to consider the size of the image. If it will be too small, the picture will be distorted and the viewer may not be able to appreciate it as much.
Creating a bas-relief is not easy, but it can be a great way to teach kids how to create something three-dimensional and to be proud of their creations. It is also a good idea to consider the nuances of the room where the bas-relief will be displayed, as any mishap will spoil the aesthetics and nullify the entire project.