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Alexander Calder - Kid View
Transcript of Alexander Calder - Kid View
Alexander Calder was a creative and Playful Artist who...
“Why must art stand still? The next step in sculpture is motion.” - Alexander Calder
Calder was a famous artist. He invented a new type of Sculpture:
They were all made from abstract metal shapes.
Notice the shadow?
Sandy moved to Paris to study art with the Masters. He loved the painter Mondrian. Sandy thought it would be fun if Mondrian's colors and shapes could move.
He took Mondrian's
ideas and created...
Calder's love for wire which he used all the time as a kid, allowed him to discover how to use wire to transform the Element of Art "line" into 3-D wire drawings...
Mobiles were always in motion and are never the same! Why?
He also created the first type of
large, public art known as...
He made them out of wire. He painted metal and
began to hang them without a stand.
A sculpture is a piece of artwork that has form!
A form has height, width, thickness and depth.
A form is NOT flat.
A form is 3 dimensional.
You can walk around a sculpture and see it from all sides.
What is a sculpture?
Calder was born in Lawnton, PA in 1898. His friends and family called him Sandy.
As a child was fascinated by the stars, planets and how machines work.
Sandy grew up in an art family. His father and grandfather were both sculptors. The Calder family traveled a lot. Sandy kept busy by making toys for himself and his sister, Peggy. He made them out of old buttons, cloth, and bits of wire.
Sandy first went to school for Engineering, learning how to design engines and machines. He did not enjoy it much. He eventually became an artist.
His first job was to illustrate a circus that came to town in New York. This inspired him.
Most of Sandy's mobiles were about the planets. Can you tell? Why?
Each mobile moves in space and reacts to the wind.
Goldfish Bowl. 1929.
Sandy combined the lines and shapes
found in his mobiles, but this time, put them on the ground. The words Stable and Mobile go together to create Stabiles.
As Calder grew older he continued to create
sculptures out of everyday materials. Sculptures
also transitioned into functional everyday objects
that were used by himself and his wife on a daily basis.
Not it is Your Turn!
You will create your own wire stabile sculpture. Let's get started!
An artist with an imagination!
About Mr. Calder
Where was Calder from?
Where did his love of art come from?
How did he become an artist?
Wire Toys made by Calder
Calder made a wire circus and performed it for people in the parks.
Mobile By Calder
Mobile By Calder
Mobile with stand
Stabile came from...
Later in Calder's Life...
Do you like Calder's art?
Do you like his mobiles or stabiles better? Why?
What would your stabile look like?
Watch Calder perform his wire circus
Make A Mobile:
Where are we on this map of PA?