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Chicken Wired – 3D sculpture skills Workshops for Schools

Location(s)Throughout the UK
Key StagesKS1, KS2, KS3
Special SchoolsYes
Public Liability5,000,000
Enhanced DBSYes
FeesPlease contact us with details of your requirements
Administration Service Administered by the provider

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Welcome to ChickenWired!

The home of the wire sculpture art of William Ashley-Norman. The artist has worked with wire for many years and as well as creating bespoke sculptures of his own, as can be seen in the gallery, ChickenWired has been created to bring the craft of sculpting with chicken wire to everyone. Thousands of children throughout the country have taken part in school workshops essay writer , creating sculptures from templates that the artist has created. The school workshop gallery shows examples of work that can be done and examples of work by pupils from year 3 and above. As a natural progression to the craft, a sculpture kit has been launched so that the art of ChickenWired can be enjoyed at home by all.

Join over 20,000 pupils that have enjoyed the challenging and absorbing craft of wire sculpture. Learning and developing 3D sculpture skills using a versatile medium whilst following National Curriculum guidelines.

School Workshops

Using just a pair of wire clippers, a pair of bent-nosed pliers and finger-friendly PVC coated chicken wire, the ChickenWired workshops offer pupils a practical, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable art day, creating their own 3D sculpture. Workshops can be arranged for pupils from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 3 and 4. The workshops offered are practically based and encourage each pupil to create their own sculpture, following the process from start to finish. This ensures that all pupils will be continually busy and participate throughout the workshop. Half day, full day and multi day workshops can be arranged to maximise the number of pupils that can be included. Workshops can also be arranged in conjunction with a school timetable should it be required. Workshops are generally class size.

How it works

Cut, connect, create……. & Cover!

The idea of the workshops is for each pupil to create and decorate their own sculpture following templates that have been created by the artist. To begin, pupils are invited to look at a number of sculptures that are brought to the workshop. This helps build excitement and interest and shows what can be achieved from the skills learnt.      The workshop activity divides into three different parts: cutting, connecting, and creating. With younger pupils, covering (or decorating) the sculptures is an excellent addition to the workshop to explore creativity with colour. Cut. To start, pupils, using a pair off mini cutters, cut shapes from a wire sheet as prompted by sculpture templates provided. This tests numeracy and visualisation as the shapes need to be precisely cut. The templates show the different patterns of wire and number of pieces that need to be cut to create each sculpture. Connect. Once all pieces are cut, the next part is the connecting. Following the templates, the shapes cut provide the threads needed to connect the different pieces of the sculpture together.


The children thoroughly enjoyed the time that you spent at Galton Valley and so too did the staff. It was a thoroughly worthwhile experience for the children and certainly added to their artistic skills and knowledge.
Kirsty Stanley, Galton Valley Primary School

I just wanted to pass on my thanks for such a wonderful DT workshop! Teachers and children alike were 'wowed' by the pieces you brought in and delighted by the skills the children were encouraged to use/develop during the activity.I managed to ask a few children if they had enjoyed their time with you and they all replied with such enthusiasm, saying that they liked using the tools and being allowed to create the whole piece from start to finish. We aimed to hang the creations up for display but the protest from the children was too great - they were desperate to take them home to show their parents!
Jacqueline Wilton, Lorenden Preparatory, Faversham

We really enjoyed having you here and I know that our young people found it very interesting. I will definitely be in touch in the future regarding more workshops in the next academic year.
Aoife O'Connor, Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital School

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