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Lesson Plans

Re: Calder

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amanda clarke (
Tue, 13 Oct 1998 10:16:35 -0500 (CDT)

I have a simple lesson that could be modified into something a little

Supplies for each student:
-needle nose pliers
-fiskars paper edgers
-fun foam (different colors--cut down into 2x3 inches)
-2 pieces of floral wire approximately. 20 gauge (slightly thinner wire, yet

To understand and demonstrate movement and balance.

First talk about Calder and show slides of his work.
Second talk about balance and movement and its importance to Calder's
Third walk them through the procedures of creating their own mobile.

-give each student their materials.
-take one piece of wire, and cut it in half, set it aside
-Next they will need to cut four shapes, 1 large, 1 medium, 2 small
-pick up one of the short lengths of wire, and one of the small shapes.
-pierce one of the small shapes with the wire.
-using the pliers, bend a small hook in the end with the pierced shape so
it curves back to the shape. Pull the hook back into the shape, securing
it to the wire.
-repeat this process with the other end of the wire and second small shape.
-This is the difficult part, finding the balance. place the wire with the
two small shapes on your finger and adjust until the shapes balance. At
that point, make a small loop in the wire. Set piece aside.
-pick up second half of wire and medium shape, pierce it and hook it as
-on the opposite end make a hook, and hook it through the loop on the
first wire, close the hook with pliers.
-repeat the balancing process, and make a loop.
-pick up the long piece of wire, and pierce and hook the large shape.
Make a hook on the end, and hook it through the loop on the second wire.
Repeat the balancing process, and make a loop. Tie a string onto the loop
and hang to display.

Talk about the works,

This is a very simple exercise, we had approximately 13 students, and we
completed the project in about 30 minutes. This is an after school
program art lesson, and the students range in age 7-12 years.
Their is great potential for this lesson to be developed into a longer

Instead of using fun foam, students could use tin, or found objects, or

If anything is unclear, e-mail me and I will try to clarify,
Amanda Clarke