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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Calder Wire Portraits

While at the Museum of Fine Arts my fifth graders focused primarily on portraits.  Upon our return to school I thought we could continue our portrait discussion by looking at an artist that approached them in a very differnt way--Alexander Calder.  Calder is most remembered for his mobiles and stabiles but his portraits are also quite facinating.  He used wire to create three dimensional drawings in space.  He created many portraits of his friends or fellow artists as well as some popular figures such as Calvin Coolidge, and Babe Ruth.  We discussed how he sometimes created almost a caricature of the person by exaggerating certain features.  Students then used wire to create their own self portraits!

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