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Alberto Giacometti Art Project 1

To create a simple yet effective Alberto Giacometti style sculpture you will need 4 pipe cleaners and tin foil.

Fold one of the pipe cleaners in half and twist it around itself so it'll hold together. This will form the body.

Fold one of the pipe cleaners in half and twist it around itself so it'll hold together. This will form the body.

Then, push another pipe cleaner through the body, about an inch from the top, this will form the arms. Fold the very ends over to make the hands.

Then, push another pipe cleaner through the body, about an inch from the top, this will form the arms. Fold the very ends over to make the hands.

Push the ends of the last two pipe cleaners through the very end of the body and wrap them around to hold them in place. Fold the very ends over to form the feet.

Push the ends of the last two pipe cleaners through the very end of the body and wrap them around to hold them in place. Fold the very ends over to form the feet.

Cut strips of tin foil and then tightly wrap these strips around the pipe cleaners, you should only need one or two layers on the legs and arms. 

Next, tightly wrap strips of tin foil around pipe cleaners, you should only need one or two layers on the legs and arms. 

Scrunch some foil around the body and head to bulk them out a little and then wrap a couple of layers of foil around them. Note: Giacometti usually had thin, elongated sculptured heads. 

Scrunch some foil around the body and head to bulk them out a little and then wrap a couple of layers of foil around them.

Use your finger nail to gently indent and "roughen" up the sculpture a little to give it the impression of Giacometti's work. 

Use your finger nail to gently indent and "roughen" up the sculpture a little to give it the impression of Giacometti's work. 

To add a base, cut out an oval of thick cardboard, large enough to hold your sculpture without tipping over and then glue your sculptures feet to the cardboard in the pose you'd like. 

To add a base, cut out an oval of thick cardboard, large enough to hold your sculpture without tipping over and then glue your sculptures feet to the cardboard in the pose you'd like. 

Once dry, cover the base and the sculptures feet in a layer or two of foil, making sure to push the foil flush with the feet so they still stand out. You may need to secure this foil to the base and feet with glue.

Once dry, cover the base and the sculptures feet in a layer or two in foil, making sure to push the foil flush with the feet so they still stand out. You may need to secure this foil to the base and feet with glue.

Finally, pose the top half of your sculpture. Giacometti was known for poses which conveyed movement in a subtle manner, so try to replicate this in your pose!

Finally, pose the top half of your sculpture. Giacometti was known for poses which conveyed movement in a subtle manner, so try to replicate this in your pose!

 

 

Alberto Giacometti Art Project 2

Giacometti also created drawings. Although they look very sketchy and rough, each line is drawn carefully with purpose.

Draw a friend, a self portrait or find a good, forward facing reference online and start sketching. You can use pen, pencil, charcoal or paint. 

Giacometti painted his construction lines into his portraits, they are meant to be seen just as clearly as the rest, not sketched lightly to be hidden or erased.

Giacometti painted his construction lines into his portraits, they are meant to be seen just as clearly as the rest, not sketched lightly to be hidden or erased.

Keep building on your construction lines, defining around the eyes, nose and mouth, until it starts to look almost three dimensional. 

Keep building on your construction lines, defining around the eyes, nose and mouth.

You can either leave the project there, as a number of Giacometti's works were just sketches, or you can work on it further using grey, brown and white. Using watered down acrylic paints (so the black will still clearly show through) paint brown around the figure on the background.

You can either leave the project there, as a number of Giacometti's works were just sketches, or you can work on it further using grey, brown and white. Using watered down acrylic paints (so the black will still clearly show through) paint brown around th

Next, use watered down grey acrylic on the face and neck, leaving any parts that would be highlighted white.

Next, use watered down grey acrylic on the face and neck, leaving any parts that would be highlighted white.

Lastly, use white to pick out any subtle highlights.

Lastly, use white to pick out any subtle highlights.

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