- What is Relief?
A type of sculpture formed from a background. There are 3 different kinds of relief sculptures: low, high, and sunken.
Ancient Relief Sculpture
During the civilizations of the Ancient World (c.3,500-600 BCE), reliefs were commonly seen on the surfaces of stone buildings in ancient Egypt, Assyria and other Middle Eastern cultures. Egyptian sculptors used sunken relief. High reliefs did not become common until Classical Antiquity (c.500 BCE onwards), when Ancient Greek sculptors began to explore the genre more . Relief sculptures were prominent in the sarcophagi of Roman art during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. During the period 600-1100, abstract reliefs appeared in numerous cultures around the world, as disparate as the Mixtec culture in Mexico, the Norse/Viking culture and Islamic environments across the Middle East.
Relief was also very popular during the middle ages and renaissance era. (Work cited)
You will be completing your own relief art piece. There are several ways you can go about this. To start take a look at the categories below. Your piece will have one from each. Each selection is a link to either an example (category 1) or a Pintrest board related to that specific material (category 2). Your first objective is to research. Look at the relief board as well as the media choice boards listed in category 2. These boards might give your the inspiration for your own piece. As always you are not to copy, but use these as inspiration for a subject matter or technique. To know what you need to complete next look at the check list below.
Category 1: Relief Type
Category 2: Media Choice
- Clay (slab work)
- Altered books
What you need by the end project 2:
- 8 thumbnail images **(TO BE APPROVED BY MS. SUDKAMP)
- Research Pintrest Board (at least 5 inspiration from artist & 5 tool/process based)
- At least 1 large 1 page sketch of your design **(TO BE APPROVED BY MS. SUDKAMP)
- Your relief (either clay or altered book)
- Critique sheet