giacometti wire sculptures
Step 3: Make a stand.
Grade K-4 Visual Arts Standard 5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
Lesson Rationale/Overview: After an intensive figure drawing unit, students will choose a dynamic pose to render in wire using a basic human form. See the steps below:
His was an admirable struggle.
Giacometti paints in his Paris studio in 1958. Ernst Scheidegger/ Stiftung Ernst Scheidegger/Archiv, Zürich hide caption
I find the most easy way to start is with two pieces of wire from about 20 cm each. One for the head, shoulders arms and hands and one for the body and legs. You can stick them together with tape.
The other way is to make it from one piece.
In the images you can see both ways.
You can bend the figure until you are happy with it.
Ok, after drying it time to paint it. This will give your plaster statue the look of a real bronze art-piece.
In 1935 Giacometti had an artistic crisis. Although his early works were already well known and in demand, the artist was still struggling to find his own unique style. The first sculptures he did during this period were so tiny that they threatened to fall apart. Gradually the figures developed with more lively surfaces, elongated limbs and narrow small heads. It was for these, more naturalistic works, that he would become famous. Working from his studio in Montparnasse, his figures grew and grew in size. At first he found his studio too small, but the longer he stayed there, the larger he said, it seem to become. Even one of his life-size standing figures, such as Man Striding (1960, Foundation Maeght, Saint-Paul) were created in this studio. In 1934 Giacometti had his first solo exhibition in New York. A few later he also met the famous philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who became a good friend and wrote two essays about the artistic impact of Giacometti’s art. During the war years, Giacometti lived in Zurich, only returning to his studio in Paris again in 1945.
Note About Sculpture Appreciation
To learn how to evaluate semi-abstract modernist sculptors like Alberto Giacomettil, see: How to Appreciate Modern Sculpture. For earlier works, please see: How to Appreciate Sculpture.