Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will give an overview of different types of sculpture.

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Image of Awakening Slave, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Michelangelo_-_Awakening_slave.jpg; Image of Pieta, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Michelangelo_Pieta_ret_w.jpg; Image of Bust of George Washington, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HoudonWashingtonNPG.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Additive

    Any sculptural technique that involves adding material, such as casting or modeling.

  • Assemblage

    Creating a sculpture by putting together a series of found objects.

  • Carving

    The production of a sculpture by scraping away or removing extra material from a block of stone, piece of wood, or other hard substance, until the desired shape emerges.

  • Casting

    The production of sculptures by pouring a liquid (plaster, molten metal, wax) into a mold and letting it harden before the mold is removed.

  • Modeling

    The production of sculpture by adding bits of clay together until they start to resemble the desired shape.

  • Subtractive

    Any sculptural technique that involves taking material away, such as carving.