Alexander Calder

Art Projects and Curriculum

Student Artwork Showcase




Metal, Wire, Wood





About Alexander Calder (1891-1942)

Alexander Calder was an American artist known for his pioneering work in kinetic sculpture and mobiles. Born in 1898, he initially worked as an engineer before studying art and going on to create his signature abstract sculptures. His works were characterized by their playful and whimsical nature, often incorporating movement through the use of hanging elements that were balanced or suspended by wires.

Calder's innovative approach to sculpture influenced numerous artists and he is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He was also a prolific artist, creating not just sculptures but also jewelry, toys, and even circus performances. Today, his works can be found in major museums around the world and his legacy continues to inspire artists in a variety of fields.

Alexander Calder Art Lesson & Art Activity

This American artist created imaginative mobiles, stabiles, and sculptures combining interesting shapes, colors, and motion. The children design and assemble their own mobiles and stabiles in Calder’s style. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught

Balance, Shape

Art Activity Emphasis

Sculptures with Balance

Vocabulary Learned

abstract, balance, mobile, sculpture, stabile, three-dimensional

Student Art Supplies

Paper, Wire
Alexander Calder Art Lesson

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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