Ann Weber Sculpture Challenge


From October 7 to the 25 we had Ann Weber from San Francisco, California USA as an artist in residence at ISB. This was the first time we

have done this. She was creating a huge work of art in cardboard in our gallery for the Global Initiatives Network that was hosting their conference at our school this year. In Art One classes we set aside our traditional sequence of media and decided to take advantage of having a major sculptor working in our midst. I proposed a challenge to the students (many of whom had never worked as a sculptor) ... Using cardboard how would they collaboratively create a sculpture that visually communicated a concern they had about an issue with water in China.

Standards and Benchmarks:

This lesson meets the following National Standards and Benchmarks for Arts Education.

VA.9-12.1 Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes (1 & 2)

VA.9-12.2 Using knowledge of structures and functions (2 & 3)

VA.9-12.3 Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas (1)

VA.9-12.4 Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures (1)

VA.9-12.5 Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others (1 & 2)

VA.9-12.6 Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines (1 & 2)

Enduring ideas:

Art can change the way we experience the world

Driving Question:

How do we as artists visually communicate issues that we would like others to become aware of?

Inquiry/ challenge:

Inspired by the massive organic 3D forms of Ann Weber, how will you using cardboard collaboratively create a free standing sculpture that addresses an issue about water in China? What do we need to know in order to work in this fashion? Where to go for information about water issues in China?

The “hook”:

Ann Weber videos KQED Portrait from San Francisco and In Residency in Rome


Begin by looking at this Pinterest Siteand this one for ideas and artists. Take notes in your skb and articulate the process. Draw ideas that inspire from what you have seen.

Play with the cardboard on your own, try a variety of techniques we saw on Ann's videos like weaving, coiling and using an armature to get the forms that you want.

Process and media:

Incubate: look at resources, artists, and begin to think what you want to do

Individually create maquettes (small models) or sketches include peer critiques

Collectively in groups of 3-4 decide on how they will proceed

Create collaborative freestanding abstract or realistic 3D structures

Vocabulary of a sculptor:

3D sculpture



design principles


Surface unity

shape/ form



The Assessment Rubric/criteria:

focus on the following:

working collaboratively,planning, clearly articulated theme,research, presentation


Sky Moca Gallery at 798 art district