Environmental Found Object Sculpture

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Environmental Found Object Sculpture

January 14, 2022
Environmental Found Object Sculpture

Students explore environmental science concepts through their exploration of the local environment.

Students will use found objects that are often discarded and repurpose them to create a found object sculpture. Key concepts surrounding this project are single-use and disposable items and their impact on the environment, recycling and repurposing. Students are asked to sculpt a form that communicates a message about the environment. 


  • Students will learn about sculpture, found object sculpture and assemblage as art forms
  • Students will design a composition that communicates a message about the environment
  • Students will choose the found objects, form and color scheme of their sculptural piece in an effort to help communicate their desired message
  • Students will construct a found object sculpture that communicates a message about the environment
  • Students will write a two-to-three sentence statement about their piece, the objects used and the message they are communicating

Basic Outline of the Lesson:

  • Using the slideshow, introduce the Project and show examples of sculpture, found object sculpture and assemblage. Discuss the differences & similarities
  • Students begin brainstorming/sketching ideas
  • Students collect found objects (during class and outside of class)
  • Students begin sculpting
  • Students continue sculpting
  • Students complete sculptures, title their work and write an artist statement
  • Students display their sculptures, artist statement, give feedback and discuss

Art Supplies:

  • found objects
  • adhesive
  • wire and/or string
  • spray paint
  • backer or base support board as needed

Other Resources:

  • Slideshow to introduce project, related artwork and concepts
  • Found objects (students find in and out of class, teacher provides some as well)


Access to computer for viewing the PowerPoint slideshow.     

Idaho State Learning Standards:

Arts and Humanities: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

  • VA:Cr1.1.la: Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors
  • VA:Cr1.2.la: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design

Arts and Humanities: Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

  • VA:Cr2.1.lla: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form
  • VA:Cr2.3.llla: Demonstrate in works of art or design how visual and material culture defines, shapes, enhances, inhibits, and/or empowers people's lives

ESS3.C: Human Impact on Earth Systems:

  • Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts. (ESS3-HS-5)

Academic Language:

  • Subject area language: human impact, environment, pollution, waste, ecosystem
  • Art language: found object, sculpture, assemblage, disparate, form, color scheme

Student Use of Vocabulary:

Students will use the words when creating their sculptures, when writing about their work in their artist statement, and when discussing their projects.

Student Grouping:

Students will work independently.




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