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Artist-Inspired Relief Sculptures by East Students

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Students in Dianne Shanian’s studio in art foundation class at High School East are learning all about artist Louise Nevelson. Ms. Nevelson is known best for her relief sculptures.

To begin their study, the class conducted background research to foster a deeper understanding of the artist, relief sculptures, why she chose this type of art and the different materials used.

The type of relief sculptures created by Nevelson are flat on the back and protrude off the wall. Students learned to design their sculptures from the back to the front. “Divergent thought is heightened as students design and arrive at various combinations of materials,” Ms. Shanian said. “The goal is to create rhythm, unity and harmony.”

Students collected wood, cardboard, wire pieces or found objects to arrange in their box. They divided the space inside the box and glued the pieces into each of the compartments. Students painted their relief sculptures in a monochromatic color scheme. Acrylic paints were used to coat the wire, wood and cardboard. The border was also painted to achieve a finished, professional appearance.