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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 2
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Visual Arts: Bicycles - 3D Sculptures
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Visual Arts: Bicycles - 3D Sculptures

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
Grade A Cameron   Jordan  
Grade B Taylor  

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Visual Arts

Description of activity

Students make a 3-dimensional wire sculpture of a bicycle.

  1. Teacher sets up a bicycle in the classroom.
  2. Students observe all the parts of the bicycle.
  3. Students look at the wire sculpture work of Calder and discuss how he has drawn lines through space using wire and how these lines suggest shapes.
  4. Students use thin wire to construct their drawing in space. As they construct their sculpture, students need to view their 3-D form from all angles, as well as refer to previous drawings they have made of a bicycle.
  5. Students exhibit their sculptures.

Suggested materials

Wire – armature or florists, pliers, wire cutters

Prior learning

Students have brainstormed and identified all the parts of a bicycle. They have drawn a bicycle from memory and direct observation and discussed the various textures, shapes and lines that make up the structure of the bicycle. They have viewed prints or postcards of artworks about bicycles and discussed the differences between them.

Students have been instructed in the safe use of wire, wire cutters and pliers. They have experimented with wire to create different shapes.

Board of Studies NSW, Creative Arts K–6 Units of Work, pp 38–43


Making (VAS2.1)
Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing amongst aspects of subject matter.
Making (VAS2.2)
Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • representation of the subject matter of the bicycle and its features, eg pedals, tyres, spokes, wheels, seat
  • Investigatation of various construction techniques and spatial arrangements to make a 3-D wire sculpture.
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