Thursday, February 19, 2015

E2 Channels Calder





Second graders sculpted animals out of wire after looking at Alexander Calder's work and process. We also looked at Picasso's "One Liners", which are a collection of his continuous contour drawings, because it helped students make the connection between drawing with a pencil and drawing with wire.  After they were comfortable drawing an animal in one continuous line, they took a piece of wire and basically traced around their drawing, using tape to hold it in place. When they ran out of wire, I demonstrated how to twist two pieces of wire together in a neat, tight coil instead of a messy braid-like twist. The trick is to make a "+" sign with the two wires and wrap vertically, as opposed to making an "x".

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