Emotions in Motion: Michael Sandle's Sculpture

Talking about Sculpture

This is a teacher-led activity which uses the discussion points and activities below to investigate the concept of sculpture and introduce the ideas of movement and emotions in art.


After these initial discussions about sculpture, movement and emotions, explain that as a class you are going to look more closely at the work of one sculptor, Michael Sandle. Establish that he is a contemporary artist actively working in UK today and discuss with the children what is meant by contemporary art.


Discussion Points


1. What is sculpture? Show examples of different types and locations of sculpture.

  • Have any of the children seen any public works of art in Lincoln or elsewhere?
  • Has anyone been to visit a sculpture park?
  • Do the children know of any sculptors? Or have a favourite sculpture they can describe?

2. What changes when you look at a piece of sculpture from different angles?


Look at examples of sculpture from different view points as a class and discuss how this affects the art work and the viewer. (Use the images of Michael Sandle's sculpture from different angles in the image gallery)


3. Show examples of the different materials that sculptors work with.


Look at photographs in pairs, or play a class guessing game to recognise different materials. ( Use the Related Links section at the bottom of this page, or look for other examples online.)


4. How does the human body show movement?

Highlight the movement (sport, dance, sitting, standing, running etc) expressed in different images of sculpture within these resources and/or images of people.

  • Discuss and act out these movements in groups or as a class.
  • Discuss how the body can express emotions through movement.

5. How does the human body express emotion?

  • Highlight the emotions (anger, impatience, shock, affection, humour etc) expressed in different images of sculpture and/or images of people.
  • Discuss and act out these emotions in groups or as a class.

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