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Wire Sculptures

May 26, 2021 | Sam Martino

Art has always been an important part of the Third Grade curriculum and Mustard Seed School and this year is no different. Classes have just begun learning about wire sculpture and are beginning to build their pieces. 

This piece a strong “focal” point that hold things together.

One of the first challenges was to make a standing flower with the provided wire. Students noted that wire can be difficult to manipulate! Using techniques taught by Mr. Johnson, like twists, wraps, and weaves, students managed to design a piece that was free standing. 

This piece uses a coil to create a base.

This process required patience and perseverance. Students needed to make changes to their design as they worked. This design process required students to be flexible thinkers. While reviewing the pieces they designed, students were impressed with the three-dimensional nature of the projects. Some noted that even though the wire was thin they could still make sculptures that had lots of “space.”

This student is working on a larger tree sculpture.

Some students were inspired by real life flowers and plants they had studied in the current science unit and others opted to work just from their imagination. This led to a wide variety of unique and interesting designs. 

This flower is over 2 meters tall!

The Third Grade teachers are all looking forward to seeing what students build in the last few weeks with wire and what they can do in the next unit on sewing.

Sam Martino

Assistant Teacher, Grade 3 Mountains Class; Math Specialist

Sam Martino is a Grades 2&3 assistant teacher in the Mountains Class. He graduated from Fordham University in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in history. Prior to joining the staff in 2015, Mr. Martino worked as a substitute teacher at Mustard Seed School. During his time as a substitute, he was able to work with every elementary and middle school class. Mr. Martino’s connection to Mustard Seed School goes back much further, however. He first connected with Mustard Seed in 1999 when he enrolled as a second grade student. In 2006, Mr. Martino graduated from Mustard Seed School. His mother served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and Mr. Martino’s two brothers also graduated from Mustard Seed. A lifelong Hoboken resident, Mr. Martino is excited to continue working with students in a unique urban community. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music, and movies. He can often be seen lugging instruments around town as he travels to and from practices and shows.

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