Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.


NEW! Virtual ARTstop Project

How Wire and Found Objects Become Sculpture

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            • 36 inches, 16 gauge aluminum wire 
            • cork or other found material for the body
            • pencil
            • drawing paper
            • tape                                      
            • awl, nail or pushpin
            • needle nose or flat nose pliers
            • wire cutters


How Wire and Found Objects Become Sculpture


What is a wire and found object Sculpture?

A wire and found object sculpture is a sculpture made of wire and objects found in and around your world. The objects may have special meaning or they may be just interesting finds.

*Make sure your parent or guardian agrees with you about the objects chosen and how

  you can use them to build your sculpture.


Step 1

Make a continuous line drawing of your animal’s face. NOTE: You may download from our website the drawing and use the same objects we used or make your own drawing and use other objects to design your sculpture.

What is a continuous line drawing?

The line in a continuous line drawing is unbroken from the beginning to the end. The pencil, crayon or marker stays on the paper the whole time the artist is drawing. Once the pencil touches the paper and the artist starts a line, the pencil stays on the paper until the end of the line.  


Step 2

Trace drawing of your animal’s face with one continuous piece of wire.  

  • Tape one end of the wire to the drawing of the face so it will stay in place.
  • Beginning with the neck, trace the animal’s whole face then stop at the neck
  • Use the wire cutters to remove extra wire, then twist end of wire around the neck.
  • Remove the tape and lift the head from the paper.


Step 3

Make the legs and tail.

  • Cut 4 pieces of wire (about 4 inches) for the legs
  • Use the needlenose pliers to twist one end of the wire to make the feet
  • Cut a piece of wire (about 5 inches) for the tail


Step 4

Assemble the parts into a sculpture

  • Use a pencil to make a small dot on the cork to mark where you will place the head, make a dot for each leg and a dot for the tail
  • Use an awl or a nail to make holes in the cork (Ask your parent or guardian to help you with this step
  • Push the wire parts into the hole on the cork
  • Twist and adjust the legs so your sculpture stands up.

When a Line Becomes a Sculpture
The Continuous Lion Wire Sculpture

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    • 6 feet- 16 gauge aluminum wire
    • pencil
    • drawing paper or printed template
    • tape
    • flatnose or needlenose pliers
    • wire cutters


The Continuous Lion Wire Sculpture


What is a continuous line Sculpture?

A sculpture made of one continuous piece of wire.


Step 1

Make a continuous line drawing.

You may download one of the drawings provided or make your own drawing.

What is a continuous line drawing?

The line in a continuous line drawing is unbroken from the beginning to the end. The pencil,

crayon or marker stays on the paper the whole time the artist is drawing. Once the pencil

touches the paper and the artist starts a line, the pencil stays on the paper until the end of the



Step 2

Starting at the dot (), trace your drawing with one continuous piece of wire.

(The lion drawing provided by Waterworks will need about 72 inches of wire.)

· Trace the lion’s body beginning with the tail 

  Tape the end of the tail to your paper to keep it in place

· Trace the back legs

· Trace the lion’s back

· Trace the front legs

· Trace the neck and stop


Step 3

Trace the face

The lines of the lion’s face will require skill and concentration. Tape the front legs and the lion’s back to the paper before starting the face so they will not move while working on the face.

· Arrange the parts of the face

· Trace side of the face  

· Twist and turn the wire into a figure 8 for the eyes

· Twist and turn the wire into a circle for each ear

· Twist and turn the wire into a figure 8 for the mouth

· Trace across the nose

· Pull the wire to the side of the face to trace the lion’s mane


Step 4

Use the wire cutters to clip extra wire and twist extra around the neck. Remove the tape and lift your sculpture from the paper.


Step 5

Make your sculpture 3 Dimensional 

Your sculpture can remain flat or 2-dimensional, but you can also make it stand or


· Remove all tape and lift your sculpture from the paper

· Hold the lion’s back and twist the hind legs and adjust

· Wrap the tail around the hind legs to help the sculpture stand

· Twist the front legs and adjust until the lion stands up


Is Linus a drawing?

Is he a sculpture?

Or is he both?


Please join us for our first 

Virtual ARTstop 

Click on the image or text below for INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO



Most of these items can be purchased, substituted or use what you have on hand.  Substitutes are listed in parentheses next to each item.

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Bone Tool (small dinner knife)
  • Ball Stylus (small spoon)
  • Foam Sheet (magazine, newspaper or dishcloth
  • White Glue (glue stick)
  • One sheet medium-weight white drawing paper (copy paper/poster paper will work)
  • Turtle Template (download below)
  • One Sheet Background Paper (painted poster board or cardboard)




  • Fold your heavy-weight sheet of paper in half
  • Place turtle template on top and trace turtle outline onto the paper
  • Using scissors, cut out turtle shape (should have two turtles when complete)
  • Score the head, neck, flippers and shell with bone tool (see example)
  • Accordion fold the neck and flippers along the scored marks (as shown). This will give the illusion of the head and flippers emerging from underneath the shell.
  • Gently fold along the scored lines on the turtle’s back and head to give the turtle dimension
  • Place the turtle underside up on the foam sheet. With the ball stylus, gently rub to contour each of the turtle’s four flippers.  If you feel adventurous, you can use the stylus to pattern the turtle’s shell.
  • Set your completed turtles aside.



  • Grab your background paper.
  • Turn paper on its backside and score three curved lines to resemble shoreline ripples.
  • Flip paper back over and crease along the scored lines.
  • Place your turtles in your desired location on your background.
  • Once satisfied, place a tiny dot of glue on each of the four flippers to adhere the turtles to the “sand.” Hold down the flippers for 10 seconds (to the count of 10).




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Thank you for joining us!



For more information about the artists featured in this project and to learn more about the North Carolina Zoo and North Carolina’s endangered/at-risk species,

visit these websites.


Waterworks Visual Arts Center https://www.waterworks.org/

Lorraine Turi, Artist http://www.lorraineturi.com/

Calvin Nichols, Artist https://calvinnicholls.com/

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service https://www.fws.gov/raleigh/es_tes.html

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro https://www.nczoo.org/


5th Grade ARTstops Program

Waterworks Visual Arts Center continues our partnership with Rowan Salisbury public, private, independent and home schools to provide 
the 5th Grade ARTstops program for the 2019-2020 school year. 
Scheduled dates and ARTstops reminders are listed below.

**5th Grade Private, Independent and/or Home schools' classes should call to schedule their ARTstops. 

5th Grade ARTstops are provided free of charge though the generosity of the
Margaret C. Woodson Foundation

ARTstop Reminders
  • Please plan to arrive at your scheduled time, 9:30 am for the first session and 11:30 am for the second session. We are unable to accommodate early arrivals. Busses should drop students off at the front entrance of Waterworks. Drivers should reference the attached Parking Map to locate available parking.


  • The maximum number of students Waterworks can accommodate per ARTstop is 50; students will be divided into two groups or classes upon arrival at Waterworks.


  • Each ARTstop is 1.5 hours. The ARTstop includes a 45-minute docent lead tour of the professional galleries and art center, and a 45-minute hands-on art activity relating to the current exhibition. The art projects and tours meet the Common Core Curriculum course of study for visual arts education.


  • You will receive a confirmation email one week prior to your school’s scheduled ARTstop. Please respond promptly to confirm your attendance and exact number of students.


  • When inclement weather impacts the Rowan-Salisbury Schools; they are closed or delayed, the ARTstops for that day will be cancelled. Waterworks will contact the school to reschedule the ARTstops.

ARTstops Curriculum 
February 8 - May 16, 2020


5th Grade ARTstops School Schedule

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:30-11:00 Mt Ulla
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:30-1:00  
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:30-11:00 Koontz
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:30-1:00 Koontz 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:30-11:00 Landis
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:30-1:00 Landis
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 9:30-11:00 Hurley
Tuesday, March3, 2020 11:30-1:00 Hurley
Wednesday March 4, 2020 9:30-11:00 North Hills
Wednesday March 4, 2020 11:30-1:00 North Hills
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:30-11:00 W. Rowan
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 11:30-1:00 W. Rowan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:30-11:00 W. Rowan
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:30-11:00 Sacred Heart
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 11:30-1:00 Sacred Heart
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:30-11:00 China Grove
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:30-1:00 China Grove 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:30-1:00  
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:30-1:00  
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:30-11:00 Handford-Dole
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30-1:00 Handford-Dole
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:30-11:00 Overton
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:30-1:00 Overton
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:30-1:00  
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:30-1:00  
Tuesday April, 21, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Tuesday April 21, 2020 11:30-1:00  
Wednesday April 22, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Wednesday April 22, 2020 11:30-1:00  
Tuesday April 28, 2020 9:30-11:00  
Tuesday April 28, 2020 11:30-1:00  

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