Wire Sculptures based on Famous Art Movements

Wire Sculptures based on Famous Art Movements

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Students are assigned an art movement, find reference and use the characteristics of that movement to create and form a painting on their wire sculptures. Students write a reflection on how the elements and principles were used to create art in the style of that movement.

The great thing about these reference sheets/task cards is that they can be used as a lesson or in combination with any lesson you may be teaching. I've done a lesson for lower grades on Pop Art and Art Nouveau that you can find in my store, but you can use them in any lesson that requires students to learn or understand the art movements or cultural arts that are included.

This presentation goes through five of the major modern art movements including, Expressionism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art and includes two cultural art cards one on African Art and the other on Aboriginal Art. It includes basic information about each movement, Who, What, Where as well as a link to a general information video. The companion card includes photos of examples from notable artists of the movement.

I've included a PDF that can be projected with hot links to movies of each movement/culture. It can also be printed for reference sheets.

I also created task card sizes of each movement/culture for ease of use in the classroom. 


  • Detailed Lesson plan with rubric, national standards, big ideas, essential questions, supplies, goals, objectives, step-by-step instructions and vocabulary
  • 29- Page Painted Sculpture Presentation
  • Art Reflection Assessment
  • Example of well-written art reflection
  • Art movements/cultures page - Who, What, When and Why
  • Examples of prominent artists of each movement
  • Movements include: Expressionism; Abstract Expressionism; Pop Art; Art Nouveau; Impressionism.
  • Cultures include: Aboriginal Art and African Art.
  • Task card size of the above pages are also included. (These cards/pages could be used with any lesson!)
  • Link to movie of the history of the art movement/culture

{These art history pages and task cards are made with classroom teachers and substitutes in mind. Each set focuses on a different art movement in art history, talks about the history of that movement and shows examples of artwork created in that style. Also included are two cards on cultural art; African and Aboriginal. A video link to a short introduction to each movement/culture are included.



Anchor Standards:

  • Creating:

 Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

 Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

 Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.

  • Responding:

 Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

  • Connecting:

 Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

High School Standards:

 VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

 VA:Cr1.2.HSI Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

 VA:Cr2.2.HSI Explain how traditional and non-traditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

 VA:Cr3.1.HSII Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

 VA:Re8.1.HSI Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.

 VA:Cn11.1.HSI Describe how knowledge of culture, traditions, and history may influence personal responses to art.

Middle School Standards:

 VA:Cr1.2.6: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

 VA:Cr2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

 VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

 VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.

 VA:Cr3.1.6 Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.

 VA:Re8.1.8 Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.

 VA:Cn11.1.7 Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created, the available resources, and cultural uses.


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