Art students embarked on a lesson in drawing when they said “yes!” to a kinetic experience in sculpture. Re-bar wire is greasy, hard and sharp. Rebar Wire (16 ga., 3.5 lbs) is used to tie or reinforce bars in construction and concrete applications. It’s not usually a first choice material for Elementary and Junior High students. If the wire pokes you in the finger, it hurts.
Students were keen despite the chorus of “ouches,” the occasional tear and spurt of blood requiring a Band-Aid. Readers, I ask the record to reflect the apprentice’s process of wrapping, cutting, bending, braiding and twisting to emulate the human figure. Let me call your attention to the fact that secretly discovering anatomy, three dimensionality and line in this lesson was a pain-pleasure production for all.
As an art educator, I have to admit truthfully that I am always under oath to my own conscious; hence I must mark the following image in to evidence in my own defense:
Ariel (Grade 6) The proof is in the pleasure.
I testified earlier to parents that Alice Choi (Grade 7) willingly curled over sixty wires to create the volume on her mermaid’s hair. Alice later pleaded guilty to the repetition of line in a deliberate attempt to generate three dimensionality and volume. Friends, I don’t want to belabour the point of Alice’s concentration, persistence and dedication. Judge for yourself!
The Mermaid, Alice Choi, Grade 7
Next I call your attention to Morgan Bourassa-Tahiliani’s (Grade 5) Ballerina. Morgan responded to the assignment with creative rigor by negotiating the entire figure landscape with careful observation. You will see the work is sustained by taking a second to notice Morgan’s craftsmanship on the arms, hands and feet! The lean dancer’s sculptured body is adorned with a perfect ballerina’s bun, matching hair tie and bracelet. This is real evidence that Morgan is stepping up in to her artistic strength and letting it flow!
Morgan’s Ballerina 2012
The evidence is overwhelming. Drawing with wire is dangerous and fun! I have no objection to children problem solving through the arts or being challenged to think independently through their self-directed experiences in the arts. Do you? The wire sculpture project invited kids to step outside of their comfort zone (including a poke or two) towards an authentic, beautiful expression of their creative voice. Adjourned!