Art to Go Activity 12

Assemble a Modern Flamingo

This activity was inspired by summertime and the wave motif that appears in Ware's Folly.  The design is not commonly seen in Federalist Style homes and only appears in a few locations inside the home. The pattern is seen as you go up the stairs to the third story and again as you go up into the attic that was once thought to be used as a playroom and/or nursery back in the 1800's.

The movement of the line made us think of a flamingo but if you see something else let that inspire your piece!

  1. Find a durable surface at least 8 1/2 by 11 inches - we chose a block of wood but canvas or heavy paper would work great too.
  2. Use acrylic paint to cover the background- we chose two colors but use as many you like!
  3. Download the wave template below and cut it out.
  4. Glue it or trace the design on to your composition vertically with the curve facing upwards in the center. The curve will become the flamingo's head and beak.
  5. Gather up old LEGOS or found objects around your home and glue them onto the wave design.  Think about using lighter colors and darker colors to emphasize different areas like the beak.
  6. After you are done- draw a half circle in the lower right corner  attached the neck that will become the represent the feathered body- fill it in with LEGOS too.

Before you begin enjoy looking at these artists who are know for their Assemblage art:

  • Joseph Cornell
  • Louise Nevelson
  • Robert Rauschenberg
PDF icon Wave Template143.72 KB
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 11:30pm
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art