We read a brief biography online (HERE) and looked up some of his most famous works.
We watched a video of his famous mobile at the National Gallery of Art. . . youtube has a bunch of Calder videos!
Then we watched some videos of his circus which Xander found hilarious. (as with everything else, I suggest viewing the video first to decide if it's appropriate for little eyes. There were a couple scenes I skipped when sharing it with my son)
I also found this awesome video showing how to make a mobile from cardboard. I must confess, this has been MY favorite project so far!
First, we made a simple level using push pins as instructed in the video
Next I let my son draw the shapes on cardboard as instructed by the video and I cut them out using an exacto knife. Then I used paper clips to link the shapes together.
After linking all the shapes, we decided to paint our mobile.
Our finished project. . .
This was a really fun piece that was pretty easy to make and ended up looking really nice! We used oil paint, but you may want to use something a bit less messy. However, I think oil is Xander's favorite medium just because of said messiness! Haha, such a boy ;)
You can see other ideas for KONOS on my Pinterest boards!