Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Jan. 28, 2002

Holy Trinity creates budding artists

By Tom Spudic
Holy Trinity Art Teacher

The world around us is constantly in motion, and this is the essence of what a sculptor tries to capture in time and space. All sculpture is about movement, space and size, line, gravity, unity, color, texture, and the environment in which it is placed.

In our art class, we have created and are creating different types of sculpture that fall into two basic categories ­ geometric and organic sculpture. Geometric sculpture uses more angular, symmetrical, and hardlined forms; while organic sculpture uses more natural, asymmetrical, softlined forms.

For the geometric sculpture, students started with shapes that they were all familiar with, which were letters from the alphabet.

They altered and distorted basic letters in sketches, which then allowed them to create combinations of these letters to create a balanced, basically symmetrical, and dynamic sculpture with a lot of movement from front to back and side to side.

Once a solid sketch was established, the student started creating the forms using cardboard and hot glue to combine the forms.

When the forms were built, they were covered with aluminum foil, creating an interesting and cohesive surface in order to tie the whole sculpture together. Finally, students hot glued the foiled forms together.

The next project involved a different type of sculpting, called subtractive sculpture.

The students started with a solid, plaster block, and then carved away or subtracted the excess plaster until they obtained the desired form.

This was different from their letter sculptures because they added pieces together that are called additive sculpture.

In terms of the actual process of creating the plaster sculpture, students started like they always do, with a series of sketches. Once they established a design, they created the plaster blocks by mixing the plaster in a half-gallon cardboard milk container.

Some people chose to add acrylic paint to their plaster to add color, which creates a marbled look. Next, the plaster was carved away and the rough shape was formed. Finally, the plaster was sanded to create a smooth and refined surface. For display, the pieces were placed on a wood base.

The main point of these sculptures is to enhance the environment in which it is placed, give insight to the creativity of individuals, and allow the students to participate in the long and rich tradition of sculpture.


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