P2PU: MOOC– “So You Wish You Could Sculpt?”

In my P2PU: “So You Wish You Could Sculpt?” — MOOC course, my peers will gain a basic understanding of  simple sculpture. They will know how to distinguish between  sculpture and low relief.  They will create a low relief sculpture by making their own “Funny Faced Friend,” They  will show their process of learning by taking pictures during the progress of their work, make posts of their work on tweet deck using the #MAETEL1 or #MAETEL2 to show off their progress and  get suggestions for possible alterations. They will show their final work in an animo highlighting the process of their work. (peer interactions) .

BO3bBqnCMAMezg0.jpg-largeHow I would Introduce the course: 

Hi my name is Yalonda and I’m glad that you’re here today to watch this video. Have you ever said, so I wished I could sculpt?

Well I’m here to tell you, you can, but you have to determine that you will play and you will allow the child within to meet with yourself. That is where your most creativity lies.

You’ll need a few simple tools and you’ll need some Play dough. You can buy Play dough at the store or you could go to YouTube and find a recipe. I decided only to use one color so there is not frustration with the idea color but instead we will focus on creativity and see the sculpture in one color.

There are a few tools that will help you in this process: you’ll need a sharp object, a pencil would work great  & a tool that will do cutting for you, a Butter knife is good for this. I will also be using a paintbrush with rough bristles to help create some texture. It is up to you if you would like to use other tools an old comb or a fork, Just about anything can be re-purposed into a tool.

I will give you a few suggestions on how you can create a funny face but it’s up to you to choose to be creative. i will show three different ways that you can go about making funny faces but you can just explore on your own.  I would also like to suggest that you enter a few sites that you can share with other inventors of sculpting and share suggestions and show each other work but most of all show the process of your work. Share a final product, like a video, so take some pictures of your process and then submit a completed Animoto so that we can all celebrate and your success.



  • Course Topic: To learn basic low relief sculptural techniques and learn the difference between low relief and actual form.
  •  Course: “So You Wish You Could Sculpt?”
  • Who is coming to your course? Any one who wants to play and discover their artist/child within. This class will encourage creativity through play. It will allow to students take risks and make mistakes. Sometimes the accidental mistake becomes the new great idea.  Students will realize there are many solutions for an end project. They will also gain knowledge on sculpture in the midst of play when making their sculptures and using terms with their peers while they interact in the in process.
  • What will attract them? This course is steeped  in creativity and fun. Yet, they will come away from the class with basic knowledge of sculpture and a really unique “funny faced friend.”
  • Why would they want to participate in this experience? Anyone who chooses to participate in this course will make connections with their creative side. It will encourage imagination in all the participants with their own work and talking with peer about their work. The class is a confidence  builder in their ability to be creative.
  • Learners will be able to create a fun low relief sculpture by using simple shapes. They can use this idea to create other objects and eventually create a completed 3D sculpture if they choose.  They will also gain understanding of  3D sculpture and low relief sculpture and know the difference of the two.
  • The three learning theories this course is driven by  are cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism.
  • Cognitivism= using existing schema, duplicating the “knower” and following clear objectives and using problem solving skills.
  • Constructivism= based on engagement, participation, and prior knowledge remixing that information into the current context; somewhat an ill-defined structure.
  • Connectivism=based on the diversity of networks available in the 21st century-personal learning network, increased adaptability, rapid changing core, and complex learning within the diverse knowledge sources (Irelend, 2007).
  • The amount of time for the course experience. Creating the sculpture may take as little as a half and hour to complete  but to get the full benefit of the class, interaction with peers is critical to deepen and make long term connections with the new information introduced. They would have the oppertunity to add more detail or turn it into a 3D sculpture. Ideally, it should take about five days from beginning to end for a finish product and exhibiting their work. I could have more courses with similar experiences in finding the creative side of one’s self. Other possibilities could be drawing, color theory  or possibly collage. I could create more challenging classes based on the foundations learned from this class.
  • What will peers make? Peers will  create a “Funny Faced Friend,” from their own ideas and efforts put into the work. They will also celebrate their creation by taking pictures throughout  their process and share on twitter. They can create a final demonstration of their work on an Animo to and share their accomplishment.
  • How will peers help each other in your course?They  will show their process of learning by taking pictures as they progress through their work, make posts of their work on tweet deck using the #MAETEL1 or #MAETEL2 to show off their creations. They can get ideas and give suggestions for possible alterations. They will show their final work in an animo highlighting the process of their work. (peer interactions) .

Thoughts on the research backing my thought process: The TPACK theory for learning is based on three areas: Technology – low tech. are the tools, their hands and the use of the butter knife and a pencil and any other object used in putting the sculpture together.  High tech – used in taking pictures, using twitter to communicate with their peers and Animoto to share they work. Pedagogy – goals/design –  Risk taking and expressing creativity, also creating a physical sculpture and celebrating accomplishment.  The last area covered, Content Knowledge – learning about sculpture and terminology and being able to connect it with other  areas in life. i.e. Architecture and aesthetics in sculpture.  This course hit all the area TPACK theory for learning promotes (Mishra & Koehler, 2006). I followed the basic guidelines given in Professor Yelon’s Secrete of Instructional Design. Peers will recall facts as they post in twitter and in their Animoto. They will be able to recognize terms and explain them as they show their work. They will have to apply principles of low relief and 3D sculpture as they make their creation. The will show their work and give understanding behind it. They will make connections with their peers as they work through the process and interact with each other through twitter (Yelon, 2001).  Lastly, I was moved by the video by David Kelly and as a learner who draws confidence through my creativity, I believe it is imperative to build peer/student confidence in the learning process. Using art and creativity is an exemplary way to build self efficacy (Kelly, 2012).


Ireland, T. (2007). Situating connectivism. Retrieved from http://design.test.olt.ubc.ca/situating_connectivism

Kelly, D. (2012). TEDtalksdirector: How to build creative Confidence. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16p9YRF0l-g

Mishra, P. & Koehler, M.J. (2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher  knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017-1054. Retrieved from http://punya.educ.msu.edu/2008/01/12/mishra-koehler-2006/

Yelon, S. L. (2001). Goal-Directed Instructional Design: A practical guide to instructional planning for teachers and trainers. Michigan State University: Self-published, Not in electronic format. Retrieved from https://d2l.msu.edu/d2l/le/content/81895/viewContent/250770/View 


4 thoughts on “P2PU: MOOC– “So You Wish You Could Sculpt?”

  1. I love your idea for sculpting. It is my goal to go back and take some pottery and wheel throwing classes at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. It is one of my most favorite places to go and visit. Your idea of fostering an environment where risk and play are encouraged is a great idea and will really help the students reach their creative potential. You have a great course and I like the potential for other courses that could be added at a later time. I would have like to seen you explicitly reference some of the TPACK/Learning Theory and other Instructional design principles information from our “Learn” sessions. Great course overall, I cannot wait to sign up!

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