Reflections on Wire Figure

For this homework assignment, we are going to begin constructing our very first Process Portfolio pages.  In order to do this, you need the following things:

  • Access to PowerPoint or Keynote
  • Access to software that will let you crop photos. For PC, something like Paint, for Mac the default Preview software will do the job.  Also note that current versions of PowerPoint, Word, and Keynote also allow you to crop pictures.
  • Dropbox installed on your home computer (just follow the instructions provided by Dropbox)
  • Access to the shared folder I created for you on Dropbox (which everyone has at this point)
  • A brand-new PowerPoint or Keynote file titled “Process Portfolio Draft: (Your Name)”, like shown below. This will be where you create drafts of all your Process Portfolio pages.


Reflection on Wire Figure

For this assignment, I want you to create 1-2 pages (3 if you have a lot to say and plenty of visuals) about the wire figure project.  On these pages, you can talk about or include any of the following things:

  • Photographs of your wire figure, from different angles, and/or detail shots
  • Photographs of your sketches for the wire figure
  • Photographs of the model, if you had one
  • Photographs of you working with your wire figure (we may have to “re-create” these if you want to use them… from here on out, let’s think about taking photos of you in process)
  • Discussion of what it was like to work with wire, which could include what you found easy, what you found difficult, and any tips or techniques that you learned or discovered along the way
  • Discussion of any artistic influences that effected your work, which could include Calder, but could also be from some other source
  • A description of what you were trying to depict or show with your wire figure
  • Your judgement of how the wire figure turned out (was it successful, where did you fall short, what could you do better, etc.)
  • Any potential ideas or goals for future wire sculptures

Note that this is not a definitive list, nor do you have to do everything on the list.  These are merely suggestions to help guide you.

What Your Page(s) Must Have

  • A title or header, so we know what this page is about
  • Something visual on every single page (you can have more than 1 photo per page)
  • A border (do not go edge-to-edge with your work)
  • Text that demonstrates your thinking and/or reflections
  • Citations for any images or quotes that come from someone other than you
  • Transcribing of any handwritten text that is in a photo, but is not legible

Sample Pages

The images below are a collection of sample Process Portfolio pages, to help work as a guide.  Note that pages with hard to read handwriting had to include transcription.  What is preferred are pages with cropped photos and directly typed text… but you can mix and match these styles as you need/want.  Click on the image to see greater detail.

My Role in All of This

I am a facilitator and an editor.  I can help you if you need access to photos, cameras, or software.  I will point out things that are good or bad with your pages.  But in the end, this is completely your work and your submission.  You have final call when it comes to your Process Portfolio, and assembling it is completely your responsibility.  Let me know how I can help so that you can have the best submission possible.

Due Date

Your Process Portfolio page(s) for wire figure are due Monday, November 7th, by 11:00 p.m.  This is a formative grade.  Just have your PowerPoint or Keynote sitting in the shared folder, and I will grade it from there.

This is our first time doing this, so we can almost count on there being snafus.  As such, please, please, please don’t procrastinate on this one.  We need to know earlier rather than later if you need help with something.


Component Points
Skills, Techniques, and Process:  the work demonstrates experimentation and manipulation of a range of skills.


Critical Investigation:  if appropriate, the student demonstrates awareness of the influence of other artists or art movements upon their own work.


Communication of Ideas and Intentions:  the student clearly articulates how their work developed from initial idea to completed work, with attention paid to techniques learned and/or ideas for other work in the future.


Reviewing, Refining, reflecting:  the student reflects upon their developing skills as an artist.


Presentation and subject-specific language:  the page(s) is/are legible, clearly designed, visually appealing, and communicate effectively, using appropriate terms/vocabulary.


Proper citation of any appropriated or referenced material


Score: Grade:
Pages that are incomplete are automatically a D or F, depending on degree of completion
Pages which are inappropriate by school standards are instantly disqualified