Posted by: groundsforsculpture | March 27, 2010

Tots on Tour: Albert Paley Project

Albert Paley, Stance. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by BTM.

Tots on Tour- February 20, 2010

By April Zay, Instructor

Tots on Tour takes place the 3rd Saturday of every month January-November, and is geared for children ages 3-5 years.

We began by taking our group of Tots on a 15 minute tour of The Dialogue with Steel exhibit of the works of Albert Paley. Looking at how his sculptures all incorporate large curved pieces of metal we talked about how some of the works look almost like wood and how the metal curves like pieces of ribbon. Paley’s piece, The Stance, located behind the museum building was a special focus. Each child enjoyed picking out his or her favorite Paley work.

Back in the classroom we read the book, Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis. The book encourages youngsters to use their imagination and think of ways an ordinary box can be much more. This tied perfectly to our project, which was to use ordinary cardboard to make sculptures inspired by the works of Paley. (Incidentally, Paley himself often makes the models of his work from cardboard.)

The students pulled open paper towel tubes and created assemblage sculptures by gluing pieces of the tubes to a cardboard base. The results were wonderful – everyone’s sculpture was unique, and each one looked different when viewed from different angles. All of the creations mirrored the curved designs seen in Paley’s work, transforming materials that would have been trash to beautiful works of art.

Join us for Tots on Tour! April 17, 2010 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Meets in the Visitors Center.



  1. Hi April,
    it sounds like a grest opportunity for children. You are certanly the one to lead this.

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