What is a Maquette?
A Maquette is a sketch model created to give the artist a sense of the final sculpture. When making his maquettes, Moore was inspired by found objects such as stones, bones and shells.
He would sometimes mount bone or wood directly on a base, or add clay or plasticine to it to change its form.
Look at this maquette Moore made from bone (with clay and plaster added). Mouse over it to see the final version; Standing figure, Knife Edge (1961)
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* Natural found objects
* Plasticine or clay
* Small modelling tools
* Wooden base
* Bronze Spray Paint
1. Select an interesting found object ; shells, stones, bones, wood, seed ?
2. Use plasticine or clay to add features or change its shape. What could you turn it into ? A figure ? An animal ?
3. Complete your sculpture by mounting it on a wooden base. What kind of base suits your sculpture best ?
Pupils at St Thomas of Canterbury School were inspired by found objects. One of them even used a found object (a pebble) as a base ! Mouse over to see how they've used different objects.