Creative Tots Artist of the Month – Alexander Calder

For January our in-class creative artists are expanding their exploration of sculpture with Alexander Calder.  Calder was inspired by balance and unity in the world around us.  He paid close attention to the balance of light and shadow, as well as natural movement in the air.  In an effort to unite the beauty in these elements, Calder invented the mobile.  We have Calder to thank for the creation of the suspended sculptures we place above the baby’s crib to keep her happy and entertained.

Below is a brief bio of Alexander Calder and a few pictures of his work.  If you would like to read more about him CLICK HERE.  If you would like to see more images of his work CLICK HERE.

“Alexander Calder (1898-1976), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially “drew” three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.”

Alexander Cadler (1898 - 1976)

Alexander Calder - The Star

Alexander Calder - Totem

Alexander Calder - Glass Fish

Alexander Calder - Fish

Alexander Calder - Mobile

Creative Tots Artist of the Month – Louise Nevelson

Our Creative Tot Artist are building great artistic knowledge as we explore sculpture this month in our Art classes.  This month we are studying the artist Louise Nevelson.  Our Artists are learning about sculpture being “in the round” as we discovered the ability to walk around our work to view it at multiple angles.  We discussed the use of light and shadow to create interesting shapes and patterns.  Students then built their own wooden sculptures in the style of Louise Nevelson.  Nevelson collected old scraps from her fathers wood factory and assembled them into interesting works of art, large and small.  Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Museum is currently exhibiting works by Louise Nevelson.

“Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was a towering figure in postwar American art, exerting great influence with her monumental installations, innovative sculpture made of found wood objects, and celebrated public art. She was recognized during her lifetime as one of America’s most distinguished artists, and her work continues to inspire contemporary sculptors today.”

For more information about Louise Nevelson as an artist:  CLICK HERE

For more photos of her sculptures:  CLICK HERE

Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson - Case with Five Balusters

Louise Nevelson - Rain Garden II