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Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

Annelise Yee

Annelise Yee
Guest Teaching Assistant


Using only abstract shapes, create 2 wall sculptures that each represent a contrasting side of your personality.

Core Ideas

Form, negative space, overlap, shape.


Art Prof Caution

Utility Knives are extremely sharp and it’s really easy to cut yourself by accident!  Always wear a kevlar glove on your hand which is not holding the knife to prevent injuries. Hot glue guns can get really hot! Be very careful not to drip any hot glue on yourself while working. Always prop the hot glue gun up so the tip is not touching any surface. 

Art Supplies: T-square

Substitute: rulers

Art Supplies: Utility Knife

Substitute: scissors.

Art Supplies: Cutting Mat

Substitute: chipboard, cardboard


1) Write a list of all of your personality traits.

2) Select 2 contrasting personality traits from your list.

3) Draw shapes in pencil that visually match each personality trait.

2) 8 concept sketches per sculpture:  4” x 5” pencil drawings

3) 2 chipboard sculptures, each mounted on a 8″ x 10″ sheet of chipboard


Mica Furtado

“This material allowed me to expand my creativity because of its flexibility and easiness of use. I started off by sketching ideas and shapes and then I began to think of where each shape would be, or which pattern I would want to use. In this case, it was harder because we had to use two adjectives that describe us and translate them into a sculpture.

The sculpture with swirls and silly looking represents the word ‘curious.’ For ‘curious,’I decided to make it silly and kind of confusing, which the intent was to make the audience guess or wonder which word it represented!

I do not remember the adjective for the other sculpture. This sculpture was not so difficult to accomplish and what I really liked about it is the pattern I used for this sculpture. It does not have a variety of shapes unlike the other sculpture. They are completely different from one another and that is what I really like about them!”

Lee Moistoso

Aleida Gomes

“The piece with round, curled shapes was a piece that defined my personality as being mysterious. The other spiky piece represents my curious side.”


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