I did an activity with 2nd-3rd graders today using Calder as inspiration.
Wire hangers with the bottom wire cut out leaving about a 1" hook on each
side (I did this before hand) Keep the bottom wire
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
A hole punch
1. Share pictures of Calder's mobiles discuss the how the mobile moves and
the importance of planning
2. The kids cut shapes out of the aluminum foil and color with the oil
3. On a large flat surface (I prefer the floor) plan your mobile using the
bottom wire for a second level (I had the children use two strings to attach
the bottom wire to make it easier to balance)
4. Students use the hole punch make the holes in each piece of aluminum foil
5. Students measure the string for each piece of aluminum foil (double it)
6. Thread the string through the hole tie the two ends at the top making a
large loop (if the kids tie it at the foil they tend to tear it)
7. Secure the string to the hanger by pulling the aluminum foil through the
top over the wire (pull tight by pulling on the string not the foil or it
8. Hang by the hanger hook.
The kids liked the fact that they got to use something other than
construction paper for their pieces.
Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
From: Yvette Lewis [yvlewis]
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 3:52 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Tin Plate art/Calder
I was given by the technology dept. in my jr. high school boxes and boxes
of aluminum offset printing sheets. I have used these for Calder sculptures.
They use a glue gun to actually atach the pieces. Some students tried
different surface textures. I do it as a group project. It is real
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