This is a short video from CBS that gives a short overview of Keith Haring.
We used annealed (soft) wire that I got from Nasco. 18 to 20 gauge works well, though 20 is easier to bend. We used pliers and did a demo like the video below. We blunted the cut ends of the wire by making a tiny curl since cut wire is pretty sharp. Each person took 2 full "wingspan" arm pulls of wire, about 10 to 12 feet each. The first step was to fold the entire length in half and twist the head to a 2 inch loop with several twists to make a neck. The body is made from head down, in a symmetrical manner. As we twist the wire, we held it over the drawn figure.
Next we had a class challenge, make them stand. Most were able to, but if they made their feet too small they had a problem. We made 3 figures in all, so they learned from the first how to make the next one better. When I graded their figure's scale, they could chose which of their three I should grade.
Then they had to determine their poses, and where they wanted the figures to be displayed. I gave a heads-up to administration that the school was about to be taken over by little sculptures and sent them a photo of my sample. Once students had decided where they wanted their figures to go, they had to seek out the person in charge of that area to seek permission. (If they wanted it in a hallway or public area, they had to talk to a custodian) They took a photo with their phones to better explain their ideas to the adults. I encouraged them to seek out the classes they enjoyed most, the places they liked to hang out, etc., so that their work would be personally expressive and be incorporated into the environment.
I gave them a little warning to not do anything that might interfere with school security systems, alarms, etc, nor could they do anything inappropriate to their figures, (like showing one smoking.) I reminded them that each figure needed their full name and period on the foot, and I checked that off on their rubric as well while I graded scale. Without the name, it could not be displayed.
On the day for displaying work I handed out index cards with QR codes on them. They added their names, title of the artwork, media, and noted this was a sculpture class project. There are plenty of free QR code generators online, so it wasn't hard to do. Adding these tags did 3 things.
- It let other students visually know "don't mess with it."
- The QR Code would take viewers to more information
- It let teachers know it's legit and not some student prank.
The last thing was that each piece had to be photographed after the student set it up for 2 reasons.
- Proof they did what I asked
- If stolen, I could still grade it.
All understood that theft was a potential issue in a school, but I let them know to look out for each other. If a figure was moved or fell, they could walk it back to my room at ANY TIME and I would write them a pass. The display will be up for just one week during testing, so my hope is not too much will go wrong. The up-side to theft is that your work was so awesome, someone wanted to keep it.