TASK AND MOTIVATION
"For most people looking at a mobile, it is no more than a collection of flat objects that move. But for some people, it can be like poetry." Alexander Calder
Anyone who has ever seen a mobile from Calder in the original, either as a work of art in a public place or in an exhibition, knows what he meant by "poetry": a perfect interplay of shapes, colours and movement that gives the impression of great harmony, triggered by a draught of air that allows new views. The approach for this task is for pupils to use Calder's work as an inspiration for their own designs. Pupils look at mobiles by Alexander Calder - preferably originals, to experience the fascinating movements themselves. After they have understood the characteristics of mobiles, they design their own standing mobiles. While Calder preferred metal as the material for his works, pupils will use corrugated cardboard from cardboard boxes, coloured papers, and wire.
Learning objectives and competencies
- Learn about and analyse mobiles by Alexander Calder (repertoire, geometric-organic forms, suspension, joining techniques)
- Identify the essential features of a mobile
- Develop a moving object, taking into account the material-specific properties of cardboard and paper as well as wire
- Stability of the object
- Draw sketches in original-size drawings and templates
- Develop free-form shapes that can be moved by draughts
- Expertly evaluate own work results and the work of others
- Presentation of results in an exhibition
Material and resources
Learning objectives and competencies
- Plan, design and manufacture a product
- Get to know different wood materials
- Possibilities and limitations of simple material connections
- Proper use of tools and materials
- Working techniques: marking, sawing with the backsaw or Japanese saw and fretsaw, filing, grinding, glueing, possibly chiseling
- Learn about and apply wood compounds (dull glueing, open dowelling, finger-twisting)
- Identify sources of danger when handling materials and tools in order to understand and adhere to the required safety measures
- Ecological aspects (e.g. material-saving use through careful planning and economical tracing)
- Specific use of colour as a basic design medium
- Derive assessment criteria and use them for a respectful and estimating assessment
- Felt-tip pen in black
- Round nose pliers Punch pliers
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- Container made from 58% renewable raw materials
- Saves fossil resources, reduces CO2 emissions and is 100% recyclable. Screw cap protects against drying out
- Adhesive mastic up to 98% from natural ingredients
- Adheres quickly, strongly and permanently
- Easily applicable
- Can be washed cold
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- Soft, easy-to-handle bottle, refillable, made of 88% renewable raw materials
- Unique rotating glueing head for point, line and surface bonding
- Solvent-free, dermatologically tested
- Washable at 40°C
- Sticks cardboard, paper, felt, leather, cork, cloth and wood to each other and to metal, porcelain, glass, styrofoam and many plastics. Not suitable for photos, PE, PP.
- Clean adhesive services well (dry, free of dusts and grease). Thinly apply adhesive on one side, press - finished.
Step-by-step planThe pupils implement their designs and develop an individual stand mobile. General information about the possible design process:
Design the entire form of the mobile in sketches, draw several views from different points of view.
Convert the sketches to original drawings of the individual parts and cut out the drawn shapes.
Transfer the outlines of the paper pieces to cardboard box. Cut parts from cardboard.
Apply UHU stic ReNATURE to the cardboard shapes, place cardboard on coloured paper, press and dry.
With a cutter, cut the coloured paper along the edges of the cardboard shapes. Cover the reverse side with coloured paper, possibly with paper in a different colour.
Cut brackets from iron wire with a side cutter and bend with round nose pliers.
Punch shapes from the coloured paper with the punch pliers and use a thinner wire to secure them to the brackets. If necessary, use wooden beads for balancing Attach to the base frame.