One of my favorite teacher friends commented that this was probably her favorite project I did with the students last year. I'm so glad to hear that. It has been a favorite of mine too - one of the main reasons why this will be the third year of these awesome wire sculptures. I just love seeing how different students can take the same material and create such unique masterpieces. I really want to share some more of their awesome art.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Opening the kiln and seeing the brightly-colored glazed ceramic pieces is one of the true joys of being an art teacher. I get so excited seeing them and even more excited when I give them back to my anxious students. The proud look on their faces is worth a million bucks! Here's some of the fabulous third grade coil vessels. Check out all the different types of coils they used.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
This is one of my favorite lessons. The fifth graders looked at wire sculptures, particularly those by Alexander Calder. We discussed the challenges sculpting with wire might entail. The students chose a movement or pose they wanted to capture in their sculpture. The key was to include clues (but not too many - the clues were the emphasis of the sculpture) to let the viewer understand what is going on in the sculpture. I love the small, intricate yet incredibly meaningful clues that these great artists added. We installed them in the library to proudly display the work.
Figuring out how to use all the materials
very nice craftsmanship!