Task 17: Sculpture

To do a sculpture and explore this genre of art, students should begin with researching a sculptor. This way you can learn a lot more and discover the process to uncovering your own unique idea. Some students will also use a photograph they have taken to produce a 3D response to it. So it is up to you… but for this article I will provide some inspiration for the task using Andy Goldsworthy.


Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations. Besides England and Scotland, his work has been created at the North Pole, in Japan, the Australian Outback, in the U.S. and many others.

The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below. I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and “found” tools–a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn

Andy Goldsworthy

He is known for his site-specific installations involving natural materials and the passage of time. Working as both sculptor and photographer, Goldsworthy crafts his installations out of rocks, ice, leaves, or branches, knowing that the landscape will change. He then carefully documents the ephemeral collaborations with nature through photography.

Goldsworthy regards his creations as transient, or ephemeral. He photographs each piece once right after he makes it. His goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as he can.

All of his pieces are designed to disappear as nature takes its course: Ice melts, wind blows, and rain falls. These factors shape how viewers experience Goldsworthy’s constructions over the course of their temporary life spans.




Here is an example of student sketchbook work. You should begin by creating pages of inspirational researching, annotating what has been learned and analysing the artist you are studying. Then you can move on to formulating your own ideas and responses.


You need to be able to research an artist and present your findings in a creative way. This can be done digitally but don’t just cut and paste text and add images. Make your work interesting and in-keeping with the artist you are studying.

I think Goldsworthy is a great starting point for sculpture, and you can discover something amazing very local to you! Work with the environment you have to create great art.


Here is a resource to follow to produce a creative process for this task:

Andy Goldsworthy


Enjoy exploring sculpture to complete a rounded experience and introduction to ‘learning to draw a paint’.

We will return to task 1 and continue to build on our drawing and painting skills very soon!


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