How to Create Wire Sculpture Art Inspired by Ruth Asawa

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Learn about Japanese Artist Ruth Aiko Asawa and understand how to use colored wire to develop 3D wire sculpture art about discovered objects.

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“Art will make people better.”- Ruth Asawa

As an elementary art teacher, I attempt to connect artists to the projects that we work on with each other as a class. I discover that seeing pictures of artwork created from the exact same components we are employing as a class is incredibly inspiring to youngsters. It sparks tips, imagination and aids youngsters to realize their personal creativity. 

I also think that if we teach youngsters about a wide selection of artists, they will see representation in the planet about them.

One of my favourite artists to share with students is Ruth Aiko Asawa, a Japanese-American sculptor. Ruth overcame lots of tragedies in her life, which includes time with her family members in the internment camps. However, like most excellent artists, she turned her painful experiences into art. 

Ruth’s signature style, biomorphic wire types, is great for introducing to young artists.  Ruth, inspired by nature in her work, utilized wire to primarily draw in a 3 dimensional space.  (And did you know? Shape is one particular of the seven elements of art).

I’m excited to share this wire sculpture art project with you today. It’s a entertaining and quick project that makes use of wires and objects discovered about your household.

Wire Sculpture Art for Kids

Wire Sculpture Art



  1. Anchor wire to discovered object

    First repair wire to an object by tightly wrapping and twisting the wire with each other. If the object has a stem, then attach the wire to it. But if the object is smooth (i.e. a rock), then use clear tape to preserve wire in spot.
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  2. Wrap object

    Have children commence to tightly wrap the object.  (You may perhaps want to show how to hold the object or show them that the closer they hold the wire to the object, the less difficult it beomes to wrap it). 

    This wire sculpture art is a excellent way to make fine motor expertise and work on grip. (If the wire runs out, basically twist more with each other to develop one particular extended strand).Child wrapping wire around stick

  3. Tie off wire ends

    I discover some children will use the complete package of wires and other individuals may only use a couple of wires. When your kid is prepared, basically twist the finish of the wire to a different wire that is currently attached.  If the wires are loose at all then be confident to go back and add a tiny tape to safe them in spot.
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  4. Assemble!

    If your children genuinely take pleasure in generating these objects then experiment with assembling numerous 3D shapes with each other.

More about Ruth Asawa

1.  Ruth overcame lots of setbacks due to prejudice for the duration of her life, but nevertheless kept pursuing her dreams. 

I appreciate the book, “What If We Were All the Same” by CM Harris, to introduce conversations of race and prejudice.

2. Ruth was an advocate for art education.  Try these tips to incorporate art into your family’s life style:

  • Read books about art to inspire children. I very advocate “The Squiggle” by Carole Lexa Schaefer to pair with this wire sculpture art project.
  • Promote art education and ask your child’s art teacher if they want aid!  Art departments are frequently underfunded and the teachers are overwhelmed (take it from a former art teacher).  
  • Book a tour with a smaller sized nearby museum.  Chances are they will be thrilled to have young artists in the museum and this expertise aids make a connection and foundational appreciate of art for children!
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