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Wire Sculpture Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Wire sculpture is a simple way to create unique pieces of art. This lesson plan summarizes the art of wire sculpture using a text lesson focused on supplies and technique. An activity provides an introduction to basic wire sculpture.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'wire sculpture art'
  • explain the concept of gauge in relation to the wire used for sculpture
  • name some significant players in the field of wire sculpture
  • summarize the essential tools and techniques needed for creating wire sculpture

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.2

Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Materials

  • Paper clips
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Wire Sculpture Art Techniques
  • Photocopies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Assorted spools of wire of varying types and gauges
  • Several types of long-nosed pliers
  • Several wire clippers
  • Scratch paper

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