How to Make a Calder-Inspired Kinetic Sculpture

How to Make a Calder-Inspired Kinetic Sculpture

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ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

 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.

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

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.

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

Create a unique pattern for each side.

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

Now you're ready to assemble the kinetic top of your stabile

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

Bend a pipe cleaner in half and twist the top into a loop.

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

Hot glue the pipe cleaner onto your very cool base.

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

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.

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile

Princess Repurpose makes one for her dad.

ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
ArtSmudge Calder Stabile
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