Louise Nevelson was an American sculptor famous for her monochromatic assemblages of found objects. Some of the pieces she collected from furniture factory discards or alleyways. With one of my middle school classes, we looked at Nevelson's compositions, watched an interview of her, and students prepared their own assemblages.
I asked students to collect 20 items. Kids always have "things"- little toys, broken bracelets- even kids that don't have a lot, have little things... that can be given a "new life" in an assemblage.
During this week, students were also creating paper collages. We made the distinction between "assemblage" (3-D) and "collage" (2-D). As students remembered to bring in their 20 items, they got to glue them to a scrape piece of wood. There were a couple students that kept forgetting to bring in items, so they used scraps of cardboard to create their assemblage.
The class decided on gold as the assemblage color. However, the metallic spray paint needed a colored coat as primer so it would better cover the objects.
Nevelson also created outdoor sculptures such as this piece...