Join over 10,000 pupils that have enjoyed the challenging and absorbing craft of wire sculpture. Learning and developing 3D sculpture skills using a versatile medium whilst following National Curriculum guidelines.
Using just a pair of wire clippers, a pair of bent-nosed pliers and finger-friendly PVC coated chickenwire, the ChickenWired workshops offer pupils a practical, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable art day, creating their own 3D sculpture.
Workshops can be arranged for pupils from Key Stage 2 through to Key Stage 3 and 4.
The workshops offered are practically based and encourage each pupil to create their own sculpture, following the process from start to finish. This ensures that all pupils will be continually busy and participate throughout the workshop.
Half day, full day and multi day workshops can be arranged to maximise the number of pupils that can be included. Workshops can also be arranged in conjunction with a school timetable should it be required.
Workshops are generally class size.
How it works
Cut, connect, create…….& cover!
The idea of the workshops is for each pupil to create and decorate their own sculpture following templates that have been created by the artist.
To begin, pupils are invited to look at a number of sculptures that are brought to the workshop. This helps build excitement and interest and shows what can be achieved from the skills learnt.
The workshop activity divides into three different parts; cutting, connecting and creating.
With younger pupils, covering (or decorating) the sculptures is an excellent addition to the workshop to explore creativity with colour.
Cut. To start, pupils, using a pair off mini cutters, cut shapes from a wire sheet as prompted by sculpture templates provided. This tests numeracy and visualisation as the shapes need to be precisely cut. The templates show the different patterns of wire and number of pieces that need to be cut to create each sculpture.
Connect. Once all pieces are cut, the next part is the connecting. Following the templates, the shapes cut provide the threads needed to connect the different pieces of the sculpture together. Following instructions, the different pieces are connected together using the threads and the mini bent nosed pliers.
Create. Once all pieces are connected the final stage is to create the sculpture.
As the pieces are connected together the wire can easily be contorted and ‘bent’ out of shape. Once all pieces are connected, the wire can be shaped and manipulated to form the final sculpture.
….& cover. The sculptures are effective as just wire frames, however, if time allows, the sculptures can be decorated using tissue paper. The pattern of the wire allows for ‘scrunched up’ pieces of tissue paper to be put into the holes of the wire, allowing for all manner of patterns to be made. Tissue paper can also be weaved into the wire, producing the wings of bird or the fins and tail of a fish for example.
The choice of sculpture is dependant on age of pupils, time available and the topic required but in general all pupils whether in a half day or full day workshop should have a piece finished. Workshops can be tailored and taught to make the work possible for pupils from year 3 and above. Below year 3 the work can be too difficult, but prepared pieces can be arranged for decorating only.
For older, more advanced students I encourage the idea of designing their own sculpture. The notion of my sculptures is very simple and can be explained by the metaphor of an ‘exploded diagram’. Students, following whatever theme is required in their coursework, can choose a design, break it down to it’s component parts so the shapes can be determined, the wire pieces prepared and the sculpture created.
It is possible to arrange workshops for larger pieces that pupils can work together on.
This is more a bespoke workshop and would need to be discussed on a case by case scenario.
Workshops are £300.00 per day
Material costs are £1.00 per pupil
Travel and accommodation costs maybe incurred.
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