Sculptural Wire Weaving (six-session online workshop)

This online class will cover several different wire basketry techniques that can be used for everything from functional baskets to creative sculpture. Students will learn how to adapt the techniques they learn to suit the forms they want to make and how to incorporate other materials into their wire work. We will also cover basic principles of composition as they apply to both 2D and 3D objects. Each class will include both demos and time for individual work.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • Three-part wire weaving for simple and complex 3D forms

  • Two-part weaving with single and double walls

  • Adapting different weaves to make a wide variety of forms

  • Incorporating other materials

Required supplies:

  • Needle-nosed pliers

  • Wire cutters (if your pliers have them at the base you can use that)

  • Exacto knife or scissors

  • One 3.5 lb roll of rebar tie wire

  • Three 30-yard spools of 26-gauge copper wire in your favorite colors

  • One 250-foot spool of 24-gauge galvanized steel wire

  • 12” x 12” thick chipboard (can be found at most art supply stores, or you can use the back of a drawing pad)

  • Midway through the term students will need: depending on the size of your work you may need more 26 gauge copper wire and more rebar tie wire. If you work small you won’t. For the last class you’ll need any interesting yarn/fabric scraps/beads/paper you want to incorporate into your wire work.