The Venus of Willendorf, 24,000 BC
Our Beginning 3D class spent some time studying the Venus of Willendorf and other prehistoric "Venus" sculptures. Students then made their own "prehistoric Venus" sculptures. First, they made maquettes (clay models). They made their own plaster blocks in paper cups, carved their sculptures, and finally finished them with thinned out acrylic paint and shoe polish. (If you're going to try this finish, make sure that the paint is fully dry before applying the shoe polish. We used both paste and liquid shoe polish.) These sculptures are all approximately four inches tall.