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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.
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 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.”
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.
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.