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Stick art sculpture

 

Fun at home activity

Make a vibrant stick art sculpture.

Sticks covered with fabric.

Inspiration

This activity was inspired by the Tjanpi ‘Wild Harvest Family’ woven grass sculptures in the First Australians gallery

Tjanpi Wild Harvest Family 2006
Tjanpi Wild Harvest Family 2006. By Jennifer Mitchell, Mrs Baker, Panjiti Mackenzie and Nellie Patterson. Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Pitjantjatjara people, Central Australia.

Activity

What colours and textures represent your personality?

You can wrap textiles and fibres around sticks and other natural forms to create a sculpture that represents your personality.

Children in the July 2012 'Wrapped!' school holiday program stick sculptures that reflected their personalities. If you were unable to join us in the Discovery Space over the July school holidays, you might like to download some of our activity sheets and do them at home.

Wrapped! Discovery Space fun

When students from Bowning Primary School in New South Wales said they wanted to do the 'Wrapped!' activity, the National Museum happily donated leftover sticks and fabric. Principal Clare Pritchard said that the 'Wrapped!' stick sculpture workshop was a great success. 'Some students are so keen they are spending lunchtimes wrapping more sticks'. Thanks Bowning Primary School!

Groups of kneeling students holding fabric covered sticks in the air.
Bowning Primary School students with their Wrapped! creations.

What you need

  • a stick 30cm–90cm long
  • fabric offcuts in various colours
  • string, twine, wool or taffeta
  • scissors

What to do

1. Grab your stick and a pile of different fabrics, wool and twine.
2. Find a spot to spread out on the floor.
3. Wrap the fabric around your stick. Then use the twine, wool or string to keep it in place.

Tip: cut the fabric into strips – this makes it easier to wrap.

4. Experiment with:

  • wrapping your wool tightly
  • wrapping your wool loosely
  • crisscrossing
  • mixing different materials and colours
  • finding other things to wrap around your stick sculpture
  • joining sticks together

Samples

Here are a couple of samples that we made.

Look at the different colours and textures of the fabric and wool.

Sticks covered in colourful fabrics.
Sticks covered in colourful fabrics.

Share your creation

How does your stick sculpture represent your personality?

If you would like to share your creation with us, send a photo to: schoolholidays@nma.gov.au and we will add it to our Flickr stream.

Check out some photos of the sculptures on Flickr

Visit our Flickr space to view more photos like these