It was time to have a go at sculpture with our History of Art project as we turned our attention to Alexander Calder. We looked at his kinetic sculptures and at his massive stationary sculptures focusing in particular on the interaction between different shapes and the shapes created by the negative spaces between them. As our response to the lesson, we contemplated making mobiles but then we settled on building a sculpture as a group project. I write group but yet again my 9 year old opted out. I have had my boys sculpt with clay and found objects before but we took a different approach this time. They cut shapes out of coloured cardstock and then slotted them together. The boys cut up all the shapes so my only contribution to the creativity in this lesson was to help them slot the elements together.
Click here to see my Alexander Calder inspired Crazy Critter.