Expressive Burlap Figures

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Expressive Burlap Figures




Through their work, artists have dealt with and represented the suffering within communities. They may or may not have been a part of a persecuted group but nonetheless feel motivated to represent it visually. Within this unit, the learners will explore how historical events and the persecution of specific communities have inspired the creation of artwork. After studying the stylistic and expressive qualities that artists use, the learners will construct a gestural, expressive figure sculpture using burlap.


Lane Laney


“Convex Map,” Thomas Lyon Mills (2011.6)
“A Breeze at Work,” Sandy Skoglund (1994.20)
“Untitled Figure Study,” Conrad Marca-Relli (2000.11)


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


6 classes


Visual Art Standards:
VAH2-1.2 Describe the ways that different materials, techniques, and processes evoke different responses in one who is creating or viewing artworks.
VAH2-1.3 Communicate ideas through the effective use of a variety of materials, techniques, and processes in works of visual art.
VAH2-4.1 Describe ways that the subject matter, symbols, ideas, and technologies in various artworks are related to history and culture.

Integrated CCSS:
Social Studies - History; learners will identify issues and problems in the past and recognize factors contributing to such problems


The learners will...
• Explain how specific artworks express tragedy or suffering and why artists choose to explore it as a subject matter
• Work with a partner to develop and sketch plans for figure gestures and poses
• Construct an expressive figure sculpture using appropriate skills and techniques


Burlap, scissors, art paste, wood (For bases), staple gun, wire, pliers, wire cutters. Optional: newsprint, wire mesh, and paper towels for building up the armature

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