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Create a simple sculpture from a bar of soap!

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Barbara Hepworth was a key figure in the British abstract art movement in the 20th century. She often created sculptures which were inspired by nature. She lived near the seaside in St Ives, Cornwall and often used the shapes of shells and rocks to inspire her work.

She loved to work with wood and stone and, later on, in bronze. Her sculptures seem to be growing and look very natural.

Take a look at her sculptures! Can you see all the different shapes and forms Hepworth uses? Which one would you like to make?

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Let's make a soap carving
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You will need:

  • Some cheap bars of white soap
  • A pencil
  • Scrapers and peelers – use teaspoons, potato peelers, scissors, a paperclip and similar objects
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1. DraW your design ON both sides of THE SOAP

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2. Use a knife to cut the corners off. Ask an adult for help

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3. Carefully Scrape away at the edges and twist into the surface to make holes

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4. Use a potato peeler to make smooth edges. turning your soap over to do both sides

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5. Use a paperclip to make small details and marks

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6. All done! Looks great

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