Second Grade students studied the work of Alexander Calder. We learned how Calder was very inspired by animals and their movements. In fact, he often visited the zoo to sketch the live animals. Calder also enjoyed the animals and movements he saw when visiting the circus and it gave him an idea for his art...Calder's circus! (video above). Students also decided to draw inspiration from the circus. Each student drew their own circus animal based on a photograph they were given. We learned how to draw an animal by looking at it shape by shape. Once the drawing was complete their images were cut up and we attached them together to make it look like a circus train. On the top of the train studets designed a shape that has symmetry.