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Never cut what you

can untie A Sculpture

& Fibers Lesson
Tamara Duran & Breannah Gammon
ART 135
Big Idea: Relationships

Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts,

objects, or people are connected, or the state of being
connected; being related or interrelated
Essential Questions

What is a relationship?

What kind of relationships do we have/form?

How do our relationships shape us?

How do you view your relationship with people or your community?

Key Concepts

Building relationships is a process

Relationships build our communities
Relationships may change over time
Relationships help to shape our experiences
Useful Vocabulary for the Unit
portrait- artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant.
The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.
installation art- an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and
designed to transform the perception of a space.
Line: a long, narrow mark or band; a length of cord, rope, wire, or other material serving a particular
Pattern: a distinctive style, model, or form; anything fashioned or designed to serve as a model or
guide for something to be made
Shape: an enclosed space limited to two dimensions: length and width; defined by other elements
of art: lines, colors, values, textures, etc.
Form: a three-dimensional geometric figure; the whole pieces visible elements
Volume: the amount of space that a substance or object occupies
texture- used to describe either the way a three-dimensional work actually feels when touched, or
the visual "feel" of a two-dimensional work.
Whats in the Unit?

Lesson Plan 1- Introduction to Unit

VTS, introduce big ideas, essential questions, key
concepts, and inspiration artists
Lesson Plan 2- Wire Portraits
Lesson Plan 3- Nylon & Wire Sculptures
Lesson Plan 4- Collaborative woven sculpture
Plus classroom installation
Lesson plan 5- Wrap up & Critique
Inspiration Artists

Alexander Calder Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Alexander Calder
More on Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam
Work of Alexander Calder
Project 1- Wire Portraits

Objective: Students will make a wire portrait of a person they care for
1. Students will print an image of a person
Wire they care about
Pencil 2. A piece of paper will be placed over that
Paper image for students to trace an outline of it
3. Students will use the traced outline to help
Full page printed image
make their wire portrait
Project 2-Nylon and Wire
Objective: Students will create a pattern that represents a relationship or
relationships they have in their lives Instructions:
1. Students will design a pattern or image after discussing
the big idea of relationships. The pattern should reflect
Tempera paint these concepts some way.
Gesso 2. Students will sketch what they want their sculptures to
look like, noting important aspects they will need to
Small wood or cardboard base
complete it.
Nylon 3. Students will complete a wire skeleton for their
Wire sculpture
4. Students will cover wire skeleton with a nylon stocking,
and apply several coats of gesso (and allow this to dry )
5. Students will paint the exterior of the sculpture,
incorporating their pattern.
Works of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam
Project 3-Collaborative Weaving
Objective: Students will work together to create a sculpture made with woven
Materials: Instructions:

1. Students will work in pairs to create a wire 3 dimensional

shape out of wire
Pipe Cleaner 2. Students will attach rows of wire for weaving through.
Yarn 3. Students will weave fibers through wire structures, filling in
Thread the sides.
4. The class will work together to combine small sculptures
Tissue paper into one large classroom installation