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Calder’s Four-Dimensional Drawing

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will utilize natural objects to create art in the style of Alexander Calder’s Four-Dimensional Drawings, or mobiles. Students will collect items from the environment and use multiple approaches to create a mobile. Students will document their mobile in a drawing.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will explore the mobile art of Alexander Calder.

Students will discuss how non-traditional materials can help the environment.

Students will collect and curate items from nature to create a mobile.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the mobile art of Alexander Calder.
  • Explain how non-traditional materials can help the environment.
  • Discuss how natural objects can be used to make art.
  • Explain the parts of a mobile and demonstrate multiple approaches in planning one.

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National Standards


Create

Explain how traditional and non- traditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.Ia

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

Prof.VA:Cr1.1

Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Prof.VA:Cr2.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

25 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours and 10 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Items found in nature
  • Twine
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Coloring media of choice
  • Paper or sketchbook
  • Paint, paintbrush, water cup
  • Images of Alexander Calder’s mobiles

National Standards


Create

Explain how traditional and non- traditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.Ia

Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

Prof.VA:Cr1.1

Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Prof.VA:Cr2.2

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Steps

Explore Calder

Explore the mobile art of Alexander Calder.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Alexander Calder

Resource
Manage Material
  • Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • FLEX 3rd Grade - 1st Edition Scope and Sequence (Copy)
  • Line
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Contrast
  • 3D
  • Drawing I - Sample Class (Copy)
  • Still Life
  • Portraiture
  • Abstraction
  • Architecture
  • Beginning Exercises
  • Community
  • Identity
  • Test Unit
  • Unit 10
  • Unit 10
  • Sub Plans (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
  • FLEX Kindergarten Sample Class (Copy)
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Color
  • 3D Texture
  • Kindergarten Art on a Cart
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Parts of a Mobile

Resource
Manage Material
  • Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • FLEX 3rd Grade - 1st Edition Scope and Sequence (Copy)
  • Line
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Contrast
  • 3D
  • Drawing I - Sample Class (Copy)
  • Still Life
  • Portraiture
  • Abstraction
  • Architecture
  • Beginning Exercises
  • Community
  • Identity
  • Test Unit
  • Unit 10
  • Unit 10
  • Sub Plans (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
  • FLEX Kindergarten Sample Class (Copy)
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Color
  • 3D Texture
  • Kindergarten Art on a Cart
Create a Unit
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Types Of Balance

Resource
Manage Material
  • Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • FLEX 3rd Grade - 1st Edition Scope and Sequence (Copy)
  • Line
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Contrast
  • 3D
  • Drawing I - Sample Class (Copy)
  • Still Life
  • Portraiture
  • Abstraction
  • Architecture
  • Beginning Exercises
  • Community
  • Identity
  • Test Unit
  • Unit 10
  • Unit 10
  • Sub Plans (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
  • FLEX Kindergarten Sample Class (Copy)
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Color
  • 3D Texture
  • Kindergarten Art on a Cart
Create a Unit
ADD

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