Visible from Hyde Street outside the Asian Art Museum are Chanel Miller’s I was, I am, I will be, Jas Charanjiva’s Don’t Mess With Me, and Jenifer K Wofford’s Pattern Recognition.
Objective: Students will critically examine Ruth Asawa’s sculpture work and create their own works of art in her style using principles of geometry and 3D shapes
Untitled (S.270, Hanging Six-Lobed, Complex Interlocking Continuous Form within a Form with Two Interior Spheres), 1955 (refabricated 1957–1958), by Ruth Asawa (American, 1926–2013). Brass and steel wire. Whitney Museum of American Art, Gift of Howard Lipman.
Ruth Asawa was best known for her abstract, biomorphic sculptures. Using looped wire mesh, she wove large-scale forms that combined architectural elements with craft and design. These forms would become her signature art, eventually changing the genre of sculpture. Using geometric figures and abstract shapes, her installations redefine fluidity and space.
Grade 1 CREATIVE EXPRESSION 2.1: Use texture in two‐dimensional and three‐dimensional works of art.
2.3: Demonstrate beginning skill in the manipulation and use of sculptural materials (clay, paper, and papier-mâché) to create form and texture in works of art.
Grade 3 4.0 AESTHETIC VALUING
4.1: Compare and contrast selected works of art and describe them, using appropriate art vocabulary.
Visual Arts Grade 7 2.0 CREATIVE EXPRESSION
2.1: Develop increasing skill in the use of at least three different media.
2.3: Develop skill in using mixed media while guided by a selected principle of design.
Grade 8 3.0 HISTORICAL & CULTURAL CONTEXT
3.3: Identify major works of art created by women and describe the impact of those works on society at that time.
Prof.MA:Cn11: Demonstrate and explain how media artworks and ideas relate to various contexts, purposes, and values, such as social trends, power, equality, and personal/cultural identity.
Natural Art Extension
Consider asking students to source materials from everyday life, such as recycled paper, egg cartons, leaves, or grass. Use these in conjunction with wires to create shapes or decorate. Discuss how to reuse and recycle everyday materials.
This lesson was modeled after the SPARKed Educator Guide: Ruth Asawa, by KQED. Several of the discussion questions were originally published through this source.