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I start with the Picasso one-liners, his drawings where he doesn't pick up
the pencil from start to finish, and have the kids practice that over and
over. The Picasso drawings are good in that they don't have a lot of
cross-over or go-backs. After looking at a Calder video, and practicing the
drawings (I staple several sheets together to make a sketch book for them
to practice on at home which they have to bring back with 6 original
one-liners of their own) we then work with the wire. I have them grouped in
themes, for the wire sculptures are then hung thematically on a mobile.
They come out great! We've had mobiles of hummingbirds and flowers
together, sea creatures, circus themes, people, etc. One of the favorites
for the 5th grade, and the teachers love hanging them all from the ceiling
in their rooms.