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Scale Figure Project

Objective: Create a naturalistic grouping of figures that are engaged in some kind of dynamic activity such as sports or dance. The figures should be no smaller than five inches high and no larger than ten inches high.

Materials: Aluminum foil, plaster impregnated gauze, hardboard, 1" – 1.5" nails, hot glue, acrylic paint.

Procedure: Use the foil to construct simple armatures. Wrap the armatures with the plaster gauze. Cut a piece of hardboard for the base. Drive nails through the board from the bottom at the places where the figures "feet" will make contact with the base. Push the figures onto the nails using hot glue to hold them in place. Paint the figures and the base with subtle and uniform colours.

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NOTE: Because this work deals with naturalistic representations of the human form, scale and proportion will be very important principles toward creating a successful piece. The single, uniform colour should create a sense of unity in the composition and should not call attention to itself (hence the requirement that a subtle colour be used).

To get a good mark, your finished work must exhibit a comprehensive understanding of the Compositional Principles of Movement, Balance, Proportion and Scale. The more lifelike the figures are (i.e., convincing human movement, posture and gesture, but NOT minute details like fingers, skin colour, hair and facial features), the higher the mark. Your work will also show that you have attended to the details of forming a strong armature and completely covering it with at least one layer of plaster-impregnated gauze. The plaster surfaces can remain rough in the spirit of George Segal's work, but the joints -- elbows, wrists, ankles and knees -- should be suitably angular and not rounded like "Steamboat Willy". The figures must also be affixed to the support in such a way that excess hot glue and tape appear non-existent and surfaces are clean and free of defects.

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