Assemblage Pencil Holder

Most of these #TryThis projects are easy for people of all ages, but no project screams “easy for all ages” like a pencil holder. American artist Louise Nevelson serves as the inspiration for this project. Printmaker and sculptor Nevelson is probably best known for her monochromatic assemblages employing found pieces of wood, like the Akron Art Museum’s work.

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Louise Nevelson, (Kiev, Russia, 1899–1988, New York), The Fugue, 1985, Painted wood, 49 3/4 in. x 39 in. x 9 in. (126.37 cm x 99.06 cm x 22.86 cm), Gift of the American Art Foundation in memory of Louis S. Myers

A prolific artist, a broader look at her work can be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s website.

Scrap cardboard/wood
Pool noodle

  1. For this project, you can use any base you have around the house ranging from a piece of a pool noodle to an old can.
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If you are using a pool noodle, you will need to scoop out the inside.

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2. If you want to follow Nevelson’s approach, cut chunks of cardboard or pieces of wood to be added to your pool noodle base.

3. Glue those shapes to the base.

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4. Paint your sculpture with a single color. Nevelson often used black.

#TryThis is made possible with support from PNC, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, the Alan and Janice Woll Family Fund, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Charles E. and Mabel M. Richie Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine

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