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Brooch Project: High-Low Relief Sculptures


Artists in Schools

Brooch Project: High-Low Relief Sculptures

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Noormah Jamal's fifth grade class at Children's Workshop School.

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Students dipped their toes into a multi-lesson project creating their very own brooch jewelry!

The process includes sculpting their forms from air-dry clay, applying paint, then gluing a brooch pin on the back.

Because the back of the brooch has to be completely flat, students took the opportunity to learn about high-low relief sculptures. 

Students loved looking at Ron Nagle’s intricately designed miniature artworks and discussing how vibrant color choices can bring attention to even the smallest of sculptures.

Ron Nagle, Handsome Drifter, Ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, 3.75 x 4 x 3 inches, 2015. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery. 

One student made a very delicate form that unfortunately cracked the next day. She didn’t let this setback stop her and figured out the cause of the crack. After some creative problem solving, she decided to sculpt her new form on cardstock to prevent the crack from happening again.

Noormah’s work at Children’s Workshop School is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.


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