To conclude our unit on LINE and COLOR students examine the sculptures by American artist Alexander Calder. We discussed how he manipulates wire to create a variety of lines such as SPIRAL, WAVY, CURLY, and LOOPED. Students learned how Calder used inspiration from the Ringling Brothers Circus to make his wire sculptures. Next, we brainstormed all the different ways we can manipulate wire and came up with bending, twisting, zig zagging, curling, connecting, and curving. Based on these techniques, students created their own wire sculptures paying careful to the principle of design BALANCE and element of design FORM. For the previous class we defined PAINTING FROM OBSERVATION as painting what you see in front of you. All of our young artists carefully observed the lines and colors in their sculptures and transferred it to their large scale
paintings only using the primary colors plus black and white. We had fun at the end of class trying to match each sculpture to its correct observational painting.