I first saw this great project three years ago on Mrs Picasso's Art Room blog and have had it tucked away in my bag of tricks (more recently known as Pinterest) until such time as now. I am really drilling all my students with colour mixing and colour theory projects at the moment, as it doesn't seem to stick from year to year. These sculptures were the perfect way to reinforce colour mixing with my grade 4 and 5 students.
I had my students create 5 different shapes by gluing together popsticks and then painting each frame black all over. (I think Mrs Picasso's students used cardboard frames?)
Once dry they were asked to cut a different coloured piece of cellophane and glue it to each frame.
They then had to come up with a way of assembling the coloured panels so as to create a balanced and interesting sculpture which would appear different colours depending on which side it was viewed from. Some chose to have their piece remain two dimensional, some attached it to a stand, some had their finished piece as a hanging sculpture but most chose to glue (with help from myself and a glue gun) their panels at various angles so as to form a 3D piece.
I had my students glue their sculptures to a wooden base. We painted the bases black to match the rest of the sculpture, however next time I would paint them white instead as the black makes it difficult to see through some of the coloured panels.