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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Visual Arts: Wire Sculptures
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Visual Arts: Wire Sculptures

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade A Kim  
Grade B Indra  
Grade C Cameron  
New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Visual Arts

Description of activity

Students draw a classmate’s face and use wire to translate their drawing into a sculpture.

  1. Students draw a classmate's portrait using a continuous line - without looking at their paper or lifting their pencil. They include as many facial features as possible.
  2. They repeat this process on the back of their paper but this time they are able to look at the paper.
  3. Students compare their two drawings.
  4. They use wire to translate one of their drawings into a sculpture, aiming for a continuous line.
  5. Students consider the size and stability of their sculpture. They reinforce sections if necessary and can create hair and other features by adding string.
  6. Students display their work by hanging it in the classroom.

Suggested materials

Art paper, drawing pencils, wire (2 different widths), works by Picasso and other artists such as Joy Hester and Paul Klee.

Prior learning

Students have been participating in an integrated unit on identity. They have viewed and briefly discussed works by Picasso and other artists. The teacher has modelled the process of sketching someone using a continuous line and of creating a wire sculpture. Students have been instructed in the safe handling of wire and cutting tools.


Making (VAS3.1)
Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world.
Making (VAS3.2)
Makes artworks for different audiences, assembling materials in a variety of ways.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • representation of the subject matter of a face and its features
  • investigation of various construction techniques and spatial qualities to make a 3D wire sculpture of a face.
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