Skip to content

Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot

Find this bronze dancer.

This sculpture was made by the French artist Edgar Degas. Degas (pronounced daygar) loved to draw, paint and sculpt dancers to show how they moved and twisted their bodies.

Try standing like this dancer. Is it easy to balance?

Notice the surface of the sculpture. Degas used clay to shape the dancer before it was
cast in bronze. Can you spot any of his finger marks?

Walk around the sculpture and look at it from different angles. Choose the angle you like best and sketch the dancer.


At home

Use modelling clay or plasticine to create your own sculpture of someone balancing or dancing.