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Art History Class on Wire Sculpture

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We examined the wire sculpture of Alexander Calder, and the figures he made for his Circus. Calder invented the mobile, and we also looked at several of his mobiles and stabiles. Then students fashioned metal and copper wire into figures using jewelry pliers and other tools. They also used sticks, felt, and corks to embellish their sculptures.
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The Class * Adina * Alexandra * Caoilin * Christopher * Emma * Hannah * Trevor * Zaffira

Modern Art History Syllabus

  Description Activity
1. Author Emile Zola and Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet Watercolor Painting
2. Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec. Colored Pastels
3. Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh Impasto Painting, thickened tempera with sand
4. Georges Seurat, Paul Signac Pointillism — dot paintings with markers
5. Camille Pissaro, Paul Cézanne, techniques that led to Cubism Pastels and oil pastels
6. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braques, Juan Gris, Cubism Cubism: Collage and mixed media
7. Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse Papercuts and Collage
8. Wassily Kandinsky and his theory of color and sound Improvisational painting to music using watercolors
9. Paul Klee Colored pencils and markers
10. Dada — Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and others. Dadaist portrait collages
11. Surrealism — Yves Tanguy, Marcel Jean, and Salvador Dali. Surrealism
12. Surrealist collages — Giorgio de Chirico and Rene Magritte Surrealist collages
13. Surrealism and symbolism — Joan Miró Surrealism and symbolism
14. Alexander Calder Wire sculpture
15. Henry Moore Clay sculpture
16a. Louise Nevelson Stabiles
16b. Louise Nevelson Found object sculpture
  Romare Bearden Collages

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Laurie's Wire Sculpture Class

Laurie's Wire Sculpture Class

Laurie's Wire Sculpture Class
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Alexandra - 'Kendo'

Alexandra - 'Lamp'   Alexandra
Alexandra - 'Horse'

Alexandra - 'Portrait'
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Caoilin - 'Beach Chair'

Caoilin - 'Apple Tree' Caoilin - 'Apple Tree' and 'Beach Chair'
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Christopher - 'Baby in Mother's Hand'     Christopher - 'Death'     Christopher - 'Dying of Starvation'

Christopher - 'Eye'     Christopher - 'Face'     Christopher - 'LadyWoman'

Christopher - 'Mysterious Man'     Christopher - 'Seppuku'     Christopher - untitled
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Hannah - 'Tree'
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Trevor - 'Barbarian'     Trevor - 'Cleric'     Trevor - 'DM'

Trevor - 'Fighter'     Trevor - 'Monk'     Trevor - 'Ranger'

Trevor - 'Rogue'     Trevor - 'Wizard'
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Zaffira - 'Guinea Pig'

Zaffira - untitled

Zaffira - 'untitled
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