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Sculpture garden (Tuesday)

Welcome to our own

All Saints' Sculpture Garden!


Each Tuesday, a new sculpture will appear.



Here are some more interesting sculptures in the garden!!

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These sculptures are called mobiles Alexander Calder created these mobiles, first by cutting shapes out of thin sheet metal, then attaching them to a skeleton of metal wires.  He then hung the entire structure from the ceiling.  The mobiles move gently in the room, as the air moves around them.  


After many years of creating mobiles, Calder moved to making 'stabiles': big, curving metal bodies that rest on thin legs and still not fall over.  What do these 'stabiles' look like to you?


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Now here's your challenge:


Create your own mobile or stabile, using junk materials from the recycling bin.  Test the strength and stability of your sculpture and take a photo when it is complete.  We would love to see your final results!!




Here are some interesting and unusual sculptures in the garden!!

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We think of chairs as useful items, not artistic items.  But there is a lot of care and attention to the design of chairs and you'll be surprised how many different shapes and sizes of chairs there are (google chair design images for many more images of chairs!).


  • Look carefully at the chairs in your house.  Think about the similarities and differences between them.  What are they made of?  How are they decorated?  Do you have any special chairs in the house that mean something extra special to you (e.g. a comfy chair where you always read, a dining room chair where you always eat your meals).


  • Take photos of chairs in your house and sort the images into categories (e.g. materials used, function in the house, the ones you like the most,.....).


  • Choose one chair and sketch it, looking carefully at the various parts (back, seat, legs) and drawing them in correct proportion with one another. 


  • Look up the various functions of chairs around the world and write a short paragraph about how people use chairs in different ways.  


  • Find different expressions involving the word 'chair'.  Find out the origins of these expressions and draw some sketches, with the expression, to help you remember what they mean.   

Mbala mask (unknown artist)

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Mbala mask Unknown artist

This is an example of a traditional mask used in important celebrations in villages across south-western Africa. 


What animals can you see in this mask?  What materials have been used to make this mask? 


Search Google for more examples of Mbala masks.   Widen your search to include traditional African masks.


Look for any similarities and differences between masks.  Think of facial expressions, animal/human focus, materials used, funny/scary expressions.  Choose one or two masks that you particularly like and find out more about them:  where they were created, what were they used for, who made them, etc.


Draw/sketch/paint a favourite mask.  Create a 3D mask, with card, junk materials, or papier mache.  Decorate your mask with vivid colours and unusual materials. 


Have fun!  Send us a photo of your final mask or drawing.


Daibutsu, or 'Giant Buddha' at Kamakura

Daibutsu, or 'Giant Buddha' at Kamakura 1



This giant sculpture of the Buddha is one of many such sculptures all over the Far East. 


  • Where is this particular sculpture?  What is the link between today's sculpture and yesterday's painting?


  • How old is it?  How tall is it?  How much does it weighHow was it constructed?


  • Look at other giant sculptures of the Buddha around the world (google: 'giant Buddha images').  How are they similar/different


  • Enlarge your google search to 'Buddha images'  Now you can see many more and varied images of the Buddha.  How are these different/similar?


Suggested ideas to follow up:


  • Sketch/draw/paint/sculpt one of the Buddha images you have particularly liked.  Why have you chosen it? 
  • Find out more about the Buddha himself.  Who was he?  Why is he so important to many people across the world? Name and describe some of the most important ideas for people who follow the Buddha's teachings.
  • Send us your follow-up work and we'll post it here, in our Sculpture Gallery!  Have fun!


The Firebird by Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle

The Firebird by Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle 1

The Firebird by Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle

(image taken by Oscar Carvajal)

Look out for a musical link to this sculpture in Friday's Music Box!!!