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Statues

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  1. Divide the group into pairs or groups of three.
  2. Ask one of the participants in each group agree to be the clay.
  3. The remaining members of each group are sculptors and can manipulate the position of the clay.
  4. The best way to move partners is with a soft touch, slowly and with attention to the partner’s range of movement and sense of balance. The clay must cooperate by moving fluidly and holding positions that the sculptors are discovering as they collaborate. Allow large changes of position to affect the whole body or change levels from standing to laying down.
  5. Once the statues are finished ask the participants to view them in a walk around the room, ‘gallery-style’.
  6. With very young groups, it is enough to get back to the fun of making more statues. Older groups can linger over the compositions a bit (bearing in mind the difficulty in holding some of the extraordinary poses).
  7. Ask participants to identify what makes a pose extraordinary. What angle is the best for viewing and why? Discuss contrast and negative space in composition.
  8. Continue until all the participants have had a chance to be sculptors and clay.

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