My daughter is in an introductory 3D sculpture and design course. Recently, the students in the class were "challenged to design and fabricate a volumetric mask based on a photograph of an animal. They closely observed the shapes and riveting of medieval armor while visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These sculpture students then learned to make paper patterns for three-dimensional forms and to cut, cold forge, and rivet aluminum sheet metal" (per the school's website).
The teacher took pictures and here's my daughter's project: