How to Make a Calder-Inspired Kinetic Sculpture
I first learned of Calder's stabile from art educator Valerie Maggitti at a teacher workshop on primary sculpture making. Using tag board, markers, pipe cleaners and foam sheets you can teach young kids how to make their first kinetic masterpiece.
To make the base cut 2 six inch triangles from tag board. Next, measure a 3 inch line from the bottom of one and from the top on the other and cut to make an interlocking base.
Create a unique pattern for each side.
Now you're ready to assemble the kinetic top of your stabile
Bend a pipe cleaner in half and twist the top into a loop.
Hot glue the pipe cleaner onto your very cool base.
Cut & twist extra pipe cleaners onto each side of the balancing pipe cleaner. In Calder fashion, I cut out organic shapes from foam sheets and poke them through the ends of each pipe cleaner, making sure the shapes can balance when finished.
Princess Repurpose makes one for her dad.