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Hello everyone.

It's Mrs Tong, here again.

We've got the final lesson in our sculpture unit, today.

I've had so much fun designing and making sculpture with you and looking at such a range of sculpture too.

We've discussed the sculpture, we've sorted them according to how they were made we've done so much work in this unit and today we're going to be finishing off our work by presenting it to others.

We're going to exhibit it really, so I think that today, you become professional sculptors.

I'm really looking forward to the lesson.

I hope that you are too.

Should we get started? Let's go.

In our lesson today, we're going to think about where and how we're going to present our sculpture work.

We're to give us sculpture title and also share any additional information about it.

And we're going to exhibit and share our sculpture work with others, which is going to be really fun.

In this lesson, you'll need some paper, you might need some glue, you'll need a pen or a pencil and if you want to, you can use some colouring tools like, pencil crayons or felt tips.

Whatever you have at home.

I've got some star words, again today.

Will you say them with me? Sculpture.

Three dimensional or 3D.


Can you remember what assemblage meant? We made an assemblage sculpture, didn't we? That's right.

It's a sculpture made of lots of pieces joined together.

They are assembled together.

Sometimes in different ways too.

Can you remember that we tried lots of different joining techniques? Scale.

Can you remember what that word means? That's right.

It's the size of your sculpture.


We'll talk a bit more about that word in a moment.


Can you remember what the surfaces of your sculpture were? That's right.

It's the flat area of each of the shapes.


So, I got a recap question for you now.

Can you remember what abstract means? Does it mean, an artwork that looks like a real object? Maybe an animal or a person or flowers or a house? Or is it an artwork that does not look like anything real? Which one do you think? An artwork that looks like a real object or it does not look like anything real? If you said an artwork that does not look like anything real, you'd be correct.

Well done.

Abstract means it's a collection of colours and shapes that are not based on anything real.

I have some pictures of sculptures on the screen.

Will you help me to sort them into those which are abstract and those that are not abstract? Actually, there's a very professional sculptors word that means not abstract.

It's called figurative.

Can you say that? Figurative.

Well done.

Figurative is a difficult word to remember.

And I always remember it because something might look like a figure or a person, so it's not abstract.

So we're going to sort these sculptures.

Let's have a look at the carved sculpture at the top first, the one that's of a head.

Is it abstract or figurative? Not abstract.

That's right.

It's not abstract.

Is it? It's figurative because it looks just like a head.

It's meant to look like ahead and it does.

What about the next one? The colourful sculptures, they're actually on a beach.

That's right, it's abstract.

It is not based on anything real.

It's just colours and shapes put together.

How about the one with the red shapes at the bottom? Is that abstract or not abstract, figurative? Well done.

If you said it was abstract, you'd be absolutely right.

It might remind us of things.

Sometimes I look at it and I think I can see a face in it, but it's not designed to look like a face.

So it is abstract.

What about our last one? This one's easier.

That's right.

It's not abstract, is it? Looks just like a lion and it's meant to.

So it's figurative instead.

I'd like you to think now about how sculpture can be presented.

And I've got some images on the screen to help you.

So, have a look at the sculpture, the little man with his arms raised up on the left.

He's standing on a special platform.

That's called a plinth.

And he's outdoors, I think, although he could be in a building I'm not quite sure.

The one at the bottom, the one that always reminds me of totem poles, is on a beach.

So that's an outdoor sculpture too.

And the one in the city the big, round, shiny metal one.

But the image at the top, in the middle, is somewhere different.

Have you ever been to a place like that? Do you know what it's called? A place where they show artwork of different kinds? That's right, it's a gallery.

Often a big open light space where artwork can be seen really clearly and also you can walk all around it, generally.

So sculptures can be presented in a gallery or outdoors or in a home, even.

They can be in all sorts of places depending on their scale and depending on what they're made of.

Sculptures have titles and often there's additional information given about them as well.

Have a look at these two pictures again and this time I've put red circles around the place near them where there is additional information or their title added.

So on the plinth of the sculpture of the little man there's information about who the sculpture is made about and information about the sculptor who made it too, as well as its title.

And the sculptures in the gallery have a little label stuck onto the plinth, just underneath them.

Can you see in the red circle? It's quite hard to spot but if you look really carefully you can be detectives and find it.

Your first task today, sculptors, is to give your sculpture a title.

Now, I wonder if we can practise giving a sculpture a title with my piece of sculpture.

I've put up an image of it on the screen.

What would you call my piece of sculpture? Have a think, maybe pause the video, have a chat to someone at home and see what title you would give it.

What do you think? Can you tell me now? Wow, those are good ideas.

Well, actually, I showed my sculpture to my family at home and I asked them what they thought it reminded them of.

And they came up with some great ideas which they shared with me and then I made a title for my sculpture out of those ideas.

Let me show you what I thought of.

"Funfair Ride".

Can you see why I thought of a "Funfair Ride"? Is because of all the ups and downs and shapes on the sculpture, and all the swirly shapes that reminded me a bit like a roller coaster or a funfair ride.

So, I've called it "Funfair Ride" and I've added my name and the year it was made.

It's really important to add your name to your sculpture because you're professional sculptors now, and people need to know who you are.

Very often artwork has the date in which it was made as well.

So I put the year 2021.

So my sculpture is now "Funfair Ride", by Mrs. Tong, 2021.

Giving my sculpture a title and saying it to you like that, makes me feel like a professional sculptor.

Can you think of a title for your sculpture? Think about the colours and the shapes and whether they remind you of anything, just like mine did.

Add your name to the sculpture too.

You could make a label for your sculpture, just like in an exhibition.

Pause the video now to complete your task.

Think of a title for your sculpture.

Look at the colours and the shapes and think about what they might remind you of or how they make you feel.

Off you go sculptors.

What ideas did you think of? Did you use the colours or maybe the shapes to give you some ideas? Did you think of your title because your sculpture reminded you of something or made you feel a certain way when you looked at it? Okay, your second task, today, is to find a place to exhibit your sculpture.

Think about where you'll print it.

Will it be indoors or outdoors? Now, remember if you're going outdoors you do need to tell an adult that you're doing that and ask their permission first.

Where would you like it best? Have a think about why you like it best there.

Can you see my pictures? I took my sculpture outdoors, on the grass, I also put it against a pale background and a dark background and I put it against the patterned background which I really quite liked.

I actually liked the patterned background the best because of the zigzags and there they represent the zigzags in my sculpture too.

What about you, where will you find? Pause the video now to find a place to present your sculpture.

Think about whether it will be indoors or outdoors.

And remember to ask before you go outdoors.

Which place worked best for your sculpture? Where did it look the best? Was it indoors or outdoors? Was it the background plain or patterned? As I said, I really liked the patterned background for mine but you might have chosen a plain one just like in a gallery.

Your third task today, is to present your work.

Have a think about whether your sculpture needs any more information.

Often when I go to see artwork in a gallery or an outdoor space, maybe like a sculpture park, I'm given additional information about the artwork that I'm seeing.

It might be in the form of a leaflet or a pamphlet.

So think about any more information that your sculpture might need.

Imagine that you're a gallery guide and you need to tell people about it.

You could include what it's made of, when it was made and how or maybe even why it was made.

Remember all those joining techniques we tried.

Have a look at my label here.

I've got the title, "Funfair Ride", I've got my name and the date that it was made and now I've added what it was made from.

Cardboard and paint.

Then the little blurb about it underneath says, "This sculpture is called 'Funfair Ride', because it is a collection of fun colours and shapes just like being at the fair.

What could you say about your sculpture? Why you made it those colours and shapes? You might want to add some additional information about your sculpture now, or maybe make a leaflet about it, as if you were a real gallery guide, and you can give it to someone in your family while they're looking at your sculpture.

Pause the video while you present your work.

Tell someone at home all about your sculpture work.

Be a gallery guide.

And if you've made some additional information give that to them as well.

Off you go sculptors.

Well sculptors, we are really becoming personal now.

You have done some amazing work today.

In our lesson, we gave our sculpture a title and we shared additional information about it.

We imagined that we were a professional gallery or outdoor space, to exhibit our work.

Didn't we? And we presented our sculpture, either indoors or outdoors, choosing an appropriate background for it.

You're gallery guides as well and you shared your work with other people.

Amazing work today.

Well done everybody.

Right, your review task today, is to maybe make a sketch of your work.

Perhaps you might want to make more information about it.

You might want to make your own gallery guide.

You might be able to take a photograph of your sculpture so that you could add it to your guide or to the information about your sculpture that you've already made.

Invite your family to visit your own sculpture gallery.

You might even want to make some more sculptures so you'll have a gallery that's full of artwork.

That would be amazing, wouldn't it? I think I'd like to make some more too.

Well done everyone.

Over this unit of sculpture lessons, you have really become professional sculptors.

You have done all the things that professional sculptors do when they their work and after making it.

So, we've looked at different sculptures and explored how they were made.

We explored our own joining techniques so that's when we started being sculptors, wasn't it? We designed and made our own sculptures and added surface, pattern and texture to them.

We exhibited our work.

So not only were you sculptors but you became professional sculptors.

You were able to talk about their work and share it professionally, and you were almost like gallery guides too.

That's a lot of work for one unit and you have done extremely well.

I feel very, very proud of your work and I hope that you do as well.

If you would like to share your work with Oak National, the details are on the screen.

But please, as always, remember to ask a parent or carer for permission to do so.

Thank you so much for joining me for this unit of sculpture lessons.

I've had an all full lot of fun and I really hope that you have as well.

Well done sculptors.

I congratulate you, you're professionals now.

See you very soon.