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TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
36 inches, 16 gauge aluminum wire
cork or other found material for the body
awl, nail or pushpin
needle nose or flat nose pliers
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.
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 acontinuous 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.
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.
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
Assemble the parts into a sculpture
Use a pencil tomake 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.
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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SNAP A PICTURE of your finished project.
POST and TAG US on social media.
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,
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.
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.