Prior to art club I placed materials on each table: small wire cutters, precut pieces of 18 gauge wire, precut pieces of 24 gauge wire, needle nose pliers and the wooden sculptures stands. I cut the wire in about 8 inch pieces to start the project. As the project progressed we would cut more as needed with assistance so the spool would not tangle or unravel.
Before starting their sculptures the students explored the work of an anonymous artist from Philadelphia who created over 1200 sculptures from found materials and left them in an alley . The only thing known of the artist is that he may be an African American man who had been seen making similar figures. No one has ever identified the artist (Frank, 2016).
The students thought they were very cool and were super excited about creating one of their own.
I gave a short demonstration on how to use the tools and how to work with the wire.
The challenge was to create a sculpture from plastic using wire to hold the work together.
Each student picked their own materials and began manipulating the materials with the wire. The students were a little apprehensive to use the wire as it was a new material, but soon became comfortable. The students worked for approximately 30 minutes. They did not finish their sculptures as anticipated, but I had planned for them to finish in two sessions.