Uwielbiam Alexander Calder! Ucz─Ö projekt drutu Calder ka┼╝dy rok, but I have never successfully made a Calder-inspired mobile. Until now!
I recently received this 1975 edition of Making Things: Hand Book of Creative Discovery, Book 2 by Ann Wiseman. Inside this gloriously illustrated book I found these instructions for making Calder mobiles:
I decided to test it out with items I had on hand in the art room.
Materials for first mobile:
- 18-inch pre-cut Pytanie Drut (AKA floral wire) 20 zmierzy─ç
- papier budowa
- pliers (zauwa┼╝y─ç: I didn’t have any pliers so I just did this with my hands)
- AND A BALANCING FINGER
Now for my second mobile. I made this mobile using Ann Wiseman’s illustrations and Peel & Stick Foam Sheets.
If you choose to make these multiple tier wire mobiles, try it yourself first, be patient, and expect a lot trial and error. Balancing those wires is tricky and takes practice. I think these projects would be great for middle and high school students.
If you want to try this with a whole class of upper elementary students, I would keep it simple. Stick with one or two wires. Check out this project from Meet the Masters. I like how they have three degrees of difficulty and incorporate a stabile as a base.
Here are some more ideas for Calder mobiles for kids:
- Babble’s fun-foam and wire mobile. Beautiful! Great step-by-step instructions.
- The Princess Artypants blog has a great Calder kinetic sculpture project, including video links.
- Salamander Art has a super fun-foam hanging mobile project that ties in with children’s mystery The Calder Game.
If you love Calder, you might like my previous Calder posts:
- Calder Wire Sculpture
- Calder’s Jewelry
- Portrety Calder drutu
- Calder ksi─ů┼╝ki do czytania za darmo w internecie
Have you ever made a mobile with your students?
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