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Wire Face Relief Sculpture

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will learn about sculptural artist, Alexander Calder, as they create three-dimensional portraits using wire. These wire portraits will showcase relief sculpture.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will examine Alexander Calder’s famous wire sculptures.

Students will create a portrait and facial features with wire and different manipulation.

Students will discuss the mood conveyed based on the aesthetic choices.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate an examination of Alexander Calder and his wire sculptures with students.
  • Explain contour line and how drawings/wire sculptures can be made with continuous line.
  • Demonstrate some of the ways wire can be manipulated to create interesting forms and facial features.
  • Guide students to use materials and tools with care to demonstrate craftsmanship

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National Standards


Create

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

10 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Bendable wire
  • Scissors
  • Scratch paper
  • Pencil
  • White cardstock
  • Stapler

National Standards


Create

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

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Steps

Sketch Portrait

Sketch a portrait in which all the lines connect to the face shape.

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Types Of Line

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What Is Contour Line?

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Basic Sculpture Vocabulary

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Visual Elements

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Summative

Two Stars and a Wish

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