Sculpture - working with wire

Sculpture - working with wire

The classroom workshop is led by artist Steve Follen. Working with wire is suitable for Yr 7 and above. The eight one minute clips lead you through that process from the initial discussions to the final sculptures.

This workshop took place at the National Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place and the theme was seeds but other themes will also work.

Key Stage:

KS3 Art and Design


The eight films show how the group we worked with created sculpture from wire.
This lesson plan can be used to:
To start a sculpture project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials. As part of study of any artist using wire in their work.
As part of individual study.


The group find out about the Millennium Seed Bank, the location for the workshop and look at seeds close up.

Drawing seeds

Using graphite pencils to draw the shape and textures of seeds.

Drawing without looking

The groups try out different ways of drawing from the source.


Drawing whilst through a microscope.

Wire drawing

The group begin bending thin wire to make their first drawings with wire.

Wire sculpture

Working in pairs to produce larger 3D wire drawings.

A teacher's view

A teacher's response to the workshop.

End product

The finished pieces; the pupils' view.

Development Activity:

Elsewhere on CultureStreet you can find more lesson pans about sculpture.

Sculpture - working with found materials

Making a clay animal sculpture

Making a clay head on an armature

and there are films and resources about sculptors, including:

Woodcarver - Christine Kowal Post

Land artist - Andy Goldsworthy

Metal worker- Brian Fell

and many more that you find in our Art section

Learning Objectives:

Pupils should be taught:
1. to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
2. identify techniques used in producing sculpture from natural materials
3. create an individual small scale sculpture using the techniques outlined
4. create an larger scale group sculpture using the techniques outlined
5. realise that there are contemporary artists who create art as a living....understand the motivations behind the choice of art as a career
6. to review what they and others have done, say what they think and feel about it and what they might change

Research, Notes and Links:

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