Elementary Art – Grades 3-4-5

"The important thing is to CREATE." Pablo Picasso

What’s new in the Art Studio?


Grade 3 artists are halfway through their second rotation and they’ve been very busy learning new things.

Our unit is about Shape & Form, having Alexander Calder as our artist focus.

Alexander Calder was born in Philadelphia in 1898. Both of his parents were artists.

Prior to World War II, Calder sculpted with wood. After the war, he began to sculpt with sheet metal and painted the metal with hues of black, red, blue and white.

Alexander is most famous for inventing the MOBILE which is a balanced sculpture that moves. This is called KINETIC SCULPTURE. He also created sculptures that don’t move. They are called STABILES.

Here are a few fun facts about Calder:

•His friends called him Sandy.

•He studied art and engineering.

•His favorite color was red.

•He was given a toolset when he was eight years old and loved playing and inventing things in his workshop.

•Calder liked the circus so much that he created his own. The Calder Circus had over 50 moving  figures made out of wire, leather and cloth.

The concepts and vocabulary words that we are using in class are:

Shape (2D – height, width)

Form (3D – height, width, depth)

Geometric shape/ Organic shape

Kinetic Art

Mobile/ Stabile


Wishing you to have a never ending happiness and prosperity!

Happy Holidays!


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