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Project: Create a Cardboard Sculpture

Use recycled materials to create a monochromatic sculpture inspired by the assemblage artworks of Louise Nevelson.

In this NEU To Do for Kids project, young artists will work with found cardboard objects and paint to create a monochromatic sculpture within a box frame. The students will assemble the found objects to create positive and negative spaces and explore how light and shadow can enhance their sculptures.

Download the Project Worksheet

Materials Needed

  • Cardboard box (with the top removed) to be used as a frame
  • Mix of different types of cardboard (shipping boxes, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, egg crates, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Artists glue or a hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Black or White paint and paintbrushes (optional)
  • Newspaper or tarp to protect your work surfaces.

Be sure to share your creations with us on social media #NEUtoDoKids!


These activities were created in collaboration with the Neuberger Museum of Art Education Department and Diana Puglisi, Curator of Education, Youth & Adult Programs.