|Ummmm...I think I'm gonna need a bigger plate!|
I began by showing the children some examples of Oldenburg's famous sculptures such as the huge soft sculpture chocolate cake he created. I had also created my own version of it (chocolate cake with white frosting, sprinkles and a giant birthday candle on top) that was about 3 feet tall so they could really see what I was saying about LARGE food. I brought the templates in for them to create a slice of cake (like Oldenburg's) or a slice of pizza (very simple to do), but the children had ideas of their own so I decided to go with it and let them create whatever food they wanted to. We had quite a selection: popsicles, chocolate bars, a cheese wheel, cupcakes and more!
I think next time, if I do this with a larger group, I would stick to the same food--have them ALL do a slice of cake or a slice of pizza, but it worked out and I think the children learned so much about constructing 3D forms. I could see this project also being linked cross-curriculum to math and have the children create a slice of cake and then figure out, mathmatically, what size paper they need to go around the sides of the cake slice. I'll need to explore this more....
Claes Oldenburg-Inspired Giant Pizza Slice
- Medium weight paper (large sheets or a roll of paper)
- Newspaper or paper scraps to stuff the form
- Stapler with staples
- Tempera paint, assorted colors
- Paint brushes
- Water bucket, paper towels
- Paper scraps, optional, for pizza toppings, etc.
- Glue sticks and Elmer's glue, optional
|Giant Wheel of Cheese|
|Super-Giant Chocolate Bar|
|Yummy Cupcake |
(This size looks like a regular serving for me!)
|Giant Taco! Olé!|