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All NEW!  VIRTUAL ARTstop #4

How Wire and Found Objects Become Figurative Sculpture
an art activity inspired by exhibiting artist Adam Wensil

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TOOLS AND MATERIALS
                    • 50 inches-12 gauge aluminum wire 
                    • Feathers
                    • Beads and Baubles
                    • Straws                                        
                    • Pencil/Marker
                    • Drawing paper
                    • Cardboard
                    • Scissors
                    • Tape
                    • Glue
                    • Needle nose or Flat nose pliers
                    • Wire cutters

 

NATURAL MATERIALS

                    • Seashells
                    • Rocks/Stones
                    • Pieces of wood
                    • Sticks

 
INSTRUCTIONS

What is a figurative sculpture?

Figurative art uses the human body for inspiration. Our figurative wire sculpture is a

sculpture of the human body.

 

What is a wire and found object Sculpture?

A sculpture made of wire and other things found in and around your world.

The objects may have special meaning or they may be interesting miscellaneous items.

*Make sure your parent or guardian agrees with you about the objects chosen and how you can use them to build your sculpture.

 

Use this activity for inspiration or use your own creativity to create your sculpture

 

Step 1

Make a simple stick figure drawing of human poses.

Think of the kind of activity you like to watch (sports, dance, martial arts, and/or gymnastics)

You may use the same pose used on our website or make your own drawing, or use other poses to design your sculpture (you may find a sampling of different poses on our website).

· Gather objects you might use as you build your sculpture

 

Step 2

Use cardboard to make a body

· Cut a piece of cardboard 3 inches wide x 8 inches long

· Score the cardboard and fold in half     

· Draw a diagonal line from the corner of the cardboard to the fold, (½ inch from the side edge)  

  and cut the diagonal line to make the hour glass shape used for the body

 

Step 3

Make 2 coils (One for the legs and one for the arms)

· Cut 2 pieces of wire (about 24 inches) for the legs and the arms

· Use a pencil, or marker as a cylinder and wrap the wire around it

· Pull the pencil out once entire piece of wire has been wrapped around it

· Stretch the coiled wire until it is 15 inches long and fold it in half 

 

Step 4

Add the legs to the body

· Unfold the cardboard and place a wire coil on the fold

· Stretch the wire on top of the cardboard into a straight line then fold the cardboard in half

 

 

Step 5

Add the head to the body

 · Add wire to the earring for the neck

 · Push the wire neck into the top of the cardboard

 

 

Step 6

Add the arms to the body

· Place sculptures body in the middle of the stretched coil

· Loop and twist the wire once around the neck

· Drape and position the wire over the shoulder

 

Step 7

Glue decorations to body

*If you use the glue gun, ask your parent or guardian to help you with this step

 

Step 8

Attach the scepter to the arm

· Twist the end of a wire arm around the scepter (paint brush)

   then position

 

Step 9

Mount the sculpture on the cardboard base

· Twist and adjust the legs so your sculpture stands up.

· Bend the legs to make feet

· Place the feet on a cardboard base and glue to the cardboard


 
 
ALTERNATE POSES

 
 
 
 

VIRTUAL ARTstop #3


How Wire and Found Objects Become Sculpture

Wire Cat 


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TOOLS AND MATERIALS:

 

            • 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VIRTUAL ARTstop #2

When a Line Becomes a Sculpture
A Continuous Lion Wire Sculpture

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TOOLS AND MATERIALS:

    • 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

line.   

 

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

3-dimensional.

· 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

 
 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

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)

 


 
 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • 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.

 

BACKGROUND

  • 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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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/

 


 
 
 
Waterworks in-person 5th Grade ARTstops Program has been suspended for 2021 school year due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

We invite you to engage with the many virtual ARTstops lessons provided above.

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