Shadow Box Art Books

Mary Peterson‘s cigar box sculpture that inspired the theme for our fall after school art series, “The Art of Books.”

We adapted the project for the classroom using cardboard boxes.



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The students created a character using air-dry clay as the head, and told the story with their box.  The body was a pencil or chopstick punched through the box.

We talked about working 3-dimensionally, and wrapping the imagery around, above, below, inside, and out.  Students were encouraged to work in layers, using papers, fabrics, clay, and mixed media to set the scene.  Many kids made small clay charms that represent the wishes, hopes, and dreams of their characters.

Every artwork tells a story, but even so, this project would be a terrific link to a creative writing assignment.