Art That Moves

In the 1930’s, an American artist named Alexander Calder wanted to create sculptures that moved without machinery. The result of the first mobile designed to hang in mid-air and catch the breeze. Mobiles are so common place today that it weird to think of them being a new invention…I love my chimes hanging by my porch! ūüôā

Mr. Calder is featured in the National Gallery of Art. Here is a photo of the Calder Room:

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photo: Wikipedia 

Our Creative Art Challenge this week was to create a mobile ourselves.

Hanging Mobiles Collage

Supplies Needed:

  • Foam Shapes or Construction Paper
  • Stapler or Craft Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wire Pipe Cleaners
  • Wire Cutters

Instructions: 

  1. Cut pipe cleaners into 6 uneven lengths.
  2. Start with the 2 longest pipe cleaners. Wrap the end of the longest one time around the middle about 1/3 of the length of the second one.
  3. Repeat this step, starting with the longest and ending with the smallest.
  4. Hang on the back of a chair.
  5. Select your shapes (or cut them out of paper). You will need two of each shape.
  6. Create your mobile by stapling or gluing the shapes to the available ends of each wire. Let dry, if applicable.
  7. Hang and enjoy!

Hanging Mobile Step 8

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