What is a Green man? • A Green Man is a sculpture or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative element, Green Men are frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings • The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures around the world, springing up in different places throughout the ages. Primarily it is interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, or "renaissance," representing the cycle of growth each spring.
Your task: • For this assignment you will create a wall plaque of a “green man” or “green woman” of your design. • The purpose of this activity is to: • Practice sculpting the human face with an expression. • Design a unique wall plaque using a leaf motif combined with a human face.
Steps: • Get a reference photo of a face showing an expression. • Make some planning sketches combining the human face with an expression and a “leaf” motif. • Chose your best design and create your design in clay. • Start with a thick slab (3/4 – 1 inch) and subtract and add clay as needed. • Create a method of hanging your plaque. • Carve your name and class on the back and turn in with this score sheet to the drying cabinet.
Criteria for this assignment: • Sculpture is a detail representation of a human face. • Face shows an obvious exaggerated expression. • Plaque uses a “leaf motif” or the “green man” format. • Design is creative and original • The project shows evidence of time and effort and the workmanship is acceptable.