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BANNERS AND MOBILES

Over the next few weeks we will learn to make Banners and Mobiles. We will learn how you can turn a two-dimensional work of art or craft (like a banner) to a three-dimensional work of art (like a sculpture).  Does a flat object hanging in space turn into a sculpture? Or does the object become three-dimensional only when depth is added to the object’s length and width?

We will learn to make banners first.

WHAT IS A BANNER?

A banner is a piece of cloth suspended between two poles and often bearing a design, symbol or slogan. Banners can celebrate the seasons, holidays or bear slogans. The designs in this series of Art Tutorials celebrate summer, spring, winter and fall.

HOW TO MAKE MOBILES:

What is a mobile? A mobile is a construction composed of lightweight parts suspended by threads and often attached to fine wires.

So click on the Art /Craft Tutorials link above and let’s get started with the Spring is Here banner tutorial!

FUN FACT: ALEXANDER CALDER

Go to the library and check out a book about the American sculptor Alexander Calder.

He was born in 1898 in New York to a family of artists. “Sandy” was told that the life of an artist would be one of financial hardship so he decided to study engineering.

One day, he was visiting his sister, Margaret, and her husband in Washington State whose scenery inspired him to draw and paint the landscape.

“Sandy” was hooked and studied art at the Art Students League in New York City. He invented wooden toys during the period he exhibited his sculptures in Paris and this led to his invention of a form of sculpture called the mobile. A mobile is a sculpture that hangs in space and can move when you blow on it or touch it or when the wind hits it.

Alexander Calder also created mobiles that can stand on a platform or on the floor and called them “stabiles.”

He died on November 11, 1976 and two months later, then President Gerald Ford awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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