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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Wire Chair

Created on August 09, 2013 by dirkusa2001

Students learn the art of furniture design/decorative arts from viewing various chairs from the local art museum collections. They study space, form, and parts of a chair.

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1 session; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define furniture design.
2. SWBAT define form.
3. SWBAT define contour lines.
4. SWBAT identify parts of a chair.

1. twisteez wire
2. scissors

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1. View images of various chair designs. We view images from local art museums exhibit of chairs and modern wire chairs by Jan Plecháčs. Discuss. (10 min).
- explain furniture design and chair parts
- review forms/contour lines
2. Demo how to make a wire person (10 min)
- students follow step by step
3. Demo how to start the wire form of the chair
- students work on their own chair designs. (25 min)

Test students by playing a quiz game about the parts of the chair.

Having the student practice making a person is a good idea to get them used to working with the wire. I had them follow step-by-step and then let them work on creating their own chairs.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[5-8] Students describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts

Line, Form


History/Social Studies