PATTERN SCULPTURE – Inspired By The OCAD Building

Students use a variety of papers and drawing tools to create a pattern-filled, free-standing sculpture that is inspired by OCAD University's Sharp Centre for Design.

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PATTERN SCULPTURE – Inspired By The OCAD Building


  • Crayola Oil Pastels
  • Crayola Coloured Pencils
  • Crayola Watercolour Paints
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Regular Crayons
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola White Glue
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Cardstock Paper - 21.^ cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11")
  • Rulers
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Scrap Pieces of Corrugated Cardboard


Step 1
  1. Use a 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11") piece of cardstock paper.
  2. Use crayons or coloured pencils to fill the paper with lots of different patterns.
Step 2
  1. Use watercolours to paint over the whole design.
Step 3
  1. Use the Small Box With A Lid worksheet. (Downloads - SmallBox.pdf)
  2. Follow the instructions to make the bottom of a box.
Step 4
  1. Use paint and/or oil pastels to draw patterns on strips of construction paper.
    - make the strips of paper different widths
    - vary the colours and designs
    - make at least 6 different strips
Step 5
  1. Accordion fold the paper strips.
  2. Make some folds deeper than others.
  3. Fill the box with the folded paper strips.
    - play with the space to make interesting shadows
    - change the direction of the strips
    - place some strips over other strips
    - be aware of how your eyes move from one pattern to another inside the box
Step 6
  1. Roll at least 4 paper rods to support your box.
    - place a piece of construction paper flat on your desk and at a 45° angle to the edge of your desk
    - place a pencil on one corner of the paper so that it is parallel to the edge of your desk
    - slowly begin to roll the paper around the pencil keeping it fairly tight
    - when you are almost at the end put a small amount of glue on the tip of the paper, then finish rolling the paper
    - press the glued tip against the rolled paper to hold it in place
    - remove the pencil
Step 7
  1. Use the rods to support your pattern box in an interesting way.
  2. Make sure the sculpture is balanced and sturdy.
  3. View the sculpture from all sides.
  4. Give the sculpture a title.
Illustrated Crayon Character