|Van Vechten, Carl, photographer.|
"Alexander Calder." July 10, 1947.
Both of Calder's parents were artists themselves and encouraged their children to make art...up to the point of pursuing it as a profession, that is. Concerned for their son's financial well being and security, they persuaded him to study engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ). He received his degree four years later but decided to follow his love of art and attended the Art Student's League in New York.
What makes Calder interesting to study is that he is a clear example of the artistic potential of art and science. You can see Calder's knowledge of engineering and love of mathematics is prevalent in most of his work (mechanical engineering especially seen in his Circus).
Ideas for projects:
1. Blind contour/contour drawing (for lesson, see February 4, 2013 post).
|Fish, 1944, Whitney Museum|
3. Mobile (often good to pair with 2nd-3rd grade study units that deal with balance). Like with the wire sculpture above, could be done as collaborative effort or as individual. Recommend using 16 gauge wire or thicker. Mobile components could be: found objects (leave as is or spray paint uniform color), shrink plastic, sheet metal, paper.
|Courtesy of jenjonesart.com|