Exploring Art Media

Best Art Lessons for Home and School

Three Dimensional
Arts and Crafts

Lesson 108 – Sand Casting

Figurative statues, lamps, bowls, spoons, and chairs are all examples of three-dimensional art. Any work having height, width plus depth qualifies as a three-dimensional (3D) statement. The depth aspect allows the object to be viewed "in the round". This refers to the art being viewed from many angles or sides and can actually be tactilly appreciated (i.e. touched). There are no distinct categories of three-dimensional art. Fine art refers to the creation of sculptures, mobiles, assemblages, bas-relief, and ceramics. These pieces are pure artistic endeavors to be appreciated for their aesthetics.

The second huge area of 3D art encompasses the utilitarian (useful) objects such as furniture, tools, jewelry, pottery and any number of practical items. These items should be both functional and artistically pleasing.

Art concepts should be applied to the design and rendering of all art works. The challenge for creating a 3D object is to incorporate all of the artistic elements to all sides of the object. A multi-sided piece's surface areas may be enhanced with two-dimensional designs and patterns.

This section gives the student / artist the hands-on opportunity to apply art elements & principles to a wide varie1y of both fine and utilitarian projects.

This section has 19 lessons including: Clay Figurines, Mobile, and Paper Maché Mask.