Styrofoam Cup Sculptures

Create a sculpture by deconstructing a styrofoam cup.

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam cups (2-3 per student)
  • Xacto knives

Downloadable Sign-out Sheet: X-Acto Knife Safety

After spending three weeks using colored pencils on the Safe City posters, I knew my students were ready to do something completely different. Taking a ordinary object like a Styrofoam cup and turning it into a sculpture was the perfect change of pace.

Create a sculpture by deconstructing a styrofoam cup.

This was one of the few projects that I allowed students to jump right into without sketching. Instead, I told them to work on a practice cup first. They were able to get a feel for how the Xacto knife carves and practice cutting out their design.

Create a sculpture by deconstructing a styrofoam cup.

Some students chose to incorporate the pieces they cut out in their final design. Others decided not to. I was impressed by the wide variety of concepts that they came up with. I really enjoyed the experimental, innovative nature of this project.

Create a sculpture by deconstructing a styrofoam cup.

 

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