Monday, October 1, 2012

Fourth Grade Wire Self-Portraits

Fourth grade just completed their first art piece of the year... how exciting! We started off the unit discussing the artist Alexander Calder and his wire portraits. We then discussed the idea of a continuous contour drawing, a line drawing where the drawing tool is never lifted from the paper, and how the wire portraits use continuous contour lines. We practiced creating continuous contour line drawings of our self-portraits using the paint program on the smart board! So FUN!

Next, the students began using the wire medium to start their abstract self-portraits.

This project was so fun! Using wire as an art medium was unique to the students and myself and it could not have gone any better! Come check out the display of some of the wire portraits in the art display case at school.


  1. Hi there!

    Just wanted to know where you purchased the wire and if it was plastic-coated.

    Great project-and looks super in your display case. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Hey Danielle! The wire is ordered from Sax School Specialty and it is plastic coated. It is easy to manipulate and cut if needed. It is called "twisteez wire". I do suggest having a thicker wire for the face shape so that it is more sturdy in the end. You can also purchase that at Sax. Thanks for your comment!