Monday, September 2, 2013

Wire Sculpture with Alexander Calder

Art Link: 
What is Form
Compare and contrast Form to art we have created in the classroom

INTRODUCTION to lesson (Anticipatory set): 
Analyze the pillow artwork by Mathilde Roussel
Use Critique/discussion form to enhance conversation
Group discussion about this work of art

OBJECTIVE: Using uncut Wire, create a piece of art inspired by Alexander Calder. Include Form Space and balance in the final work of art. 
Discuss with table form and space as pre-assessment
Discuss and practice drawing your final project on paper
Work closely with teacher before receiving wire
Students will understand new vocabulary as is relates to visual art: 
Form Space Balance Relief Sculpture 
Mobiles High Relief Middle Relief Ladder perspective
Low Relief Space shapes Free-standing sculpture
Linear perspective Mobile Kinetic Stabiles

1.1 Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and write about visual aspects in the environment and in works of art, including their own.
1.4 Analyze and describe how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of a particular principle of design.
2.1 Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design.
2.2 Plan and create works of art that reflect complex ideas, such as distortion, color theory, arbitrary color, scale, expressive content, and real versus virtual. 
3.3 Identify and describe trends in the visual arts and discuss how the issues of time, place, and cultural influence are reflected in selected works of art.
4.5 Employ the conventions of art criticism in writing and speaking about works of art.
5.2 Compare and contrast works of art, probing beyond the obvious and identifying psychological content found in the symbols and images.

PURPOSE: complete a wire sculptue addressing elements and principles of art

Students will discover review the elements of art, explore, form, space and balance, look at the artwork of Alexander Calder and create a wire sculpture piece as a final art project. 

MATERIALS: four feet of wire per student
Sketch paper

Power Point Presentation FORM
Pre-assessment: Sketchbook: 
How does this art effect you? 
Opening: Art Link: What is Form activity
Review: Elements of art 
Discussion: Form, Space, Balance
Space: Overlapping
Ladder perspective
Linear perspective
Form and Sculpture
Relief Sculpture
Free Standing Sculpture 
Space and sculpture
Review Principles of Art
Began with wire circus
Invented Mobile
VIDEO: Calder’s Circus
Wire sculptures
Describe, Interpret, Analyze
Calder had plans in his sketchbook
Teacher Models: 
Form, Space and Balance throughout discussion 
Students take notes in their sketchbooks 
Teacher Monitors throughout discussion
Check for Understanding: 
Monitor room during Pre-assessment in sketchbook
Monitor throughout discussion to be sure notes are being taken 

FINAL PROJECT: Students will create a wire sculpture in the style of Alexander Calder
Sculptures must be in the shape of a box and have objects inside
Wire may not be cut, students will solve the problem of the wire in its 
full length
Students will draw and submit three plans for their wire before receiving 
Wire. They must consider measurements, interior content Form,   Space and Balance.