Chicken Wired Sculpture : Combining art, maths and creativity

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Combining art, maths and creativity

Led by Will Ashley Norman from

ChickenWired is a new, challenging and absorbing craft that tests a range of practical and mental skills including numeracy, visualisation, dexterity, motor skills, creativity and patience. It will allow classes to produce either large collaborative sculptures or individual pieces that can be used in larger displays. Once the template has been decided upon the work breaks down into 4 parts; cut, connect, create and cover.

Developed for specialist and non-specialist teachers/ teaching assistants to deliver the skills of art and design more confidently, from year 1 to year 6. With advice on how these skills can be embedded into the new primary curriculum, including topic based approaches. Learning objectives will specifically focus on raising attainment in key curriculum art skills that will enable pupils to more successfully realise their creative making intentions.

Sculpture preparation session 3 hours (Typically 9.30am to 12.30pm)

Activity 1: Template study. Examining a simple sculpture template and using shapes and numbers to describe and familiarise the pupils with the shape required. Enhancing tips such as hi hlighting templates to improve the template to help with focus on the next stages.

Activity 2: Cut. Introducing and instruction into the preparation of the template shapes. Cutting the required pieces from a wire sheet, use of mini cutters used, developing dexterity and motor skills as well as precision to create pieces with and without the ‘threads’ which are needed to connect pieces together. Using numeracy to double check the shapes are correct whilst cutting the pieces.

Activity 3: Connect. Teaching the methods of connecting pieces together using mini bent nosed pliers, focusing on making connections as neat as possible to aid the creating part of the process. Again practising dexterity and motor skills with use of the tools.

Break (10.45am to 11am)

Activity 4: Create. During the connecting process the sculpture will not look as it should as the priority is connecting the pieces together. The wire used is very flexible which allows the connected wire shapes to be formed and manipulated to ‘create’ the final sculpture.

Activity 5: Cover. The process to create the sculpture is precise and needs to be followed by pupils, i.e. the shapes cut and the connections made (there is some flexibility here but the emphasis for pupils is to be precise). The covering of the sculpture is the point at which individual creativity can be expressed. Participants are shown and invited to decorate their sculptures using tissue paper to create patterns and colourful sculptures by placing or weaving of paper.

Lunch (12.30pm to 1.15pm)

Afternoon session 2 hours 30 min (Typically 1.15pm to 3.45pm)

Opportunity for participants to build a second sculpture using skills learnt to create a more complicated piece.

Discussion: Moving on with the skills learnt. Creating larger sculptures for class projects. Preparing pieces and using a photocopier. Other materials for decorating for external pieces. Display ideas.

PLP Schools: £150 per delegate

Non PLP Schools: £200 per delegate

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