Drawing with Wire


This video explores drawing with wire using a shell as a starting point.  It’s an ideal video to watch with students who have never drawn with wire before.  This process reminds me of contour drawings and continuous line drawings and is a great bridge between drawing and working in three dimensions.

If you are delivering a natural forms unit of work, drawing with wire would work well as part of that project.  It shows you the wire I like to use and how easy it is to manipulate and cut.  You really need easy to cut wire if you are planning to use it with students!

The video also shows you the joining technique that I have used with this shell.  It is under 6 minutes long, so a good length for at the start of the lesson.  Drawing with wire is a great way to get your students to develope their work and ideal if you are following a course that wants students to experiment with a wide variety of different media.

I have a great Pinterest board on Wire Artists for you to follow.

There are other videos in The Arty Teacher Youtube channel which make great starters to lesson.

Below are other shell inspired projects and resources which would work well also side drawing a shell with wire.

warm and cool colours


drawing with wire

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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