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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Cutting, sculpting and dangling

This half term our KS1 group at Pelham school have been inspired by Anthony Calder and his kinetic sculptures. Tate Modern had an exhibition of his work just last year – Performing Sculpture. Take a look here.


Louise has been starting each session with a short drawing exercise to warm up those little fingers.

Here the children were looking at simple shapes and forms.


So cute! I love children’s drawings.

They went on to look at simple shapes and forms to create a standing sculpture.

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They looked at Calder’s wire work and manipulated pipe-cleaners into circus scenes

img_0223 img_0220 img_0219 img_0261 img_0267Children are now working on a final hanging sculpture using a combination of skills learnt over the term.


Our little fingers have done a lot of cutting this term – very good for our motor skills!dsc_0044 dsc_0048 dsc_0049 dsc_0050

These simple shapes will hang together in a mobile to tell a simple story or create a scene.dsc_0060 dsc_0061 dsc_0062-2 dsc_0063-2 dsc_0064 dsc_0088 dsc_0089 dsc_0090 dsc_0091-2 dsc_0092 dsc_0093 dsc_0095-2 dsc_0096-2

This week the children finished their mobiles, they used many skills in this project including wirework, threading, knotting and narrative to build storytelling mobiles.  Each mobile consisted of 4-6 pieces that were all linked to a theme, some children did sea themes, others space or just abstract shapes, inspired by Calders’ simple forms. 


They had fun adding a little bit of sparkle and jingle in preparation for Christmas. They should look lovely hanging in your homes this Christmas!

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