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Tinfoil Sculpture Art Lesson

Here is a great tinfoil sculpture art lesson which can be adapted to any grade level. It can sometimes be a challenge to find affordable art lessons that are both creative and meaningful for middle school students. Last week my student teacher showed me an art project she worked on at school – tinfoil sculptures. We wanted to combine the elements of both dance and art, so we decided that the tinfoil sculpture should be a person in a dance shape.

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Tinfoil Sculptures Art Lesson



  • Review ‘form’ as an element of art
  • Review dance shapes or movement forms (twist, bend, stretch, curve, angle, spin, twirl)
  • Have students sketch out possible dance shapes for their tinfoil sculpture and get teacher approval before working with tinfoil
  • Give each student 1 – 1.5 feet of tinfoil


  • Make two cuts 5 inches deep in the top of the tinfoil
  • Make one cut at the bottom of the tinfoil, 5 inches deep


  • Form a head from the middle piece at the top
  • Form two arms on either side of the head


  • Form the legs of the tinfoil sculpture
  • Ensure that either one leg or arm is able to be glued to a piece of cardboard as a stand



  • Rip newspaper up into long, thin strips (could also use plaster strips)
  • Put newspaper into the paper mache glue, one piece at a time, and smooth it out around your tinfoil person
  • Let the tinfoil sculpture dry for 24 – 48 hours, then apply paint after a quick lesson on the colour wheel and colour selection
  • Once the tinfoil sculpture is dry, students can add features and details with a Sharpie marker

Tinfoil Art Sculpture

This art lesson could be differentiated for various grade levels by making the shape and colour selection easier or more difficult.

I would also do this at the beginning of a school year as an introduction art piece. Students could create themselves and make the cardboard into something that represents them, like a surfboard, skateboard, hockey stick, etc.


Art Sketchbook Assignment

Art Sketchbook Assignment: Students work on their art projects at different paces. It is important that students have something meaningful to work on when they are done with their art projects, and some of the class is still working. I assign the sketchbook assignment as a yearlong assignment. I divide the school year up into thirds and set 3 different due dates.

This sketchbook assignment is a great tool for students to develop their artistic abilities. It is also really good for fast finishers or to leave for a supply teacher if you are going to be away.

Find the Art Sketchbook Assignment on Shopify CAD and Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

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4 thoughts on “Tinfoil Sculpture Art Lesson”

  1. You can wrap with tape which is much cleaner for teacher/students, though probably more expensive. I have gone to just tin foil with a scratchboard background. Mostly because this is rather time consuming.

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