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


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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.


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.


  • 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


  • Begin by giving each student in the class a paper clip.
  • Tell the students to use the paper clip to create a simple shape, giving them a couple of minutes to do so.
  • When the time has elapsed, have students take turns sharing what they created with the class.
    • What might you have created given more wire and additional time?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson, one per student.
  • Ask the class to read the introduction and the 'What is Wire Sculpture Art?' and 'Tools For Making Wire Sculpture Art' sections of the the text lesson.
    • Do you think the gauge of the wire of the paper clips is small or large? Why?
    • How can different types of wires and specific tools aid in the art of wire sculpture?
  • Have the students read the remainder of the text lesson.
    • How are the outline and looping methods of wire sculpture different?
    • Are wire and wire mesh the only options for creating wire sculpture? Why or why not?
  • Distribute the worksheet to the class, one copy per student.
  • Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet using what they learned about wire sculpture from the text lesson.
  • When everyone in class has finished the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class in an open discussion format.

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