Hannah's Art Club

creative art projects for kindergarten and beyond

Futurist Sculpture from Folded Paper (September 2010)

Transform flat paper and cardboard into three-dimensional sculpture by folding, curling and gluing! This is one of my favourite art projects to do with young children. It can be done in lots of different ways – with rainbow colours or in monochrome, wall-mounted or free-standing.

On this occasion I gave the kids a rectangular cardboard plate as a base, but encouraged them to let their constructions to project or hang over the sides. They made loops, squares and zig-zags from paper strips. I also cheated a little and gave them toilet roll tubes to give some structure to their sculptures. My scrap paper box had a lot of strips with holes punched out (from a previous project), and these really added texture and a mechanical look to the children’s creations.

Because the kids had used a variety of materials, colours and surface textures, I finished off the sculptures with a spray of silver spray – giving a more unified appearance which really emphasises the three-dimensional forms.


It was only afterwards that someone pointed out to me how much they look like Futurist sculpture. Eat your hearts out, Boccione and Balla!


One comment on “Futurist Sculpture from Folded Paper (September 2010)

  1. Pingback: Sculpture Hats: Art with a Twist! (February 2013) « Hannah's Art Club

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