Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids

‘MY WORKSHOP BECAME SOME SORT OF A CENTRE OF ATTRACTION; EVERYBODY CAME IN.’

– Alexander Calder, 1966

American artist Alexander Calder is well known for his invention of the mobile and introducing movement into art. He was born into a family of artists.

After school, Calder studied engineering but soon realised that he really wanted to be an artist. He attended art classes and moved to Paris where he worked and made friends with artists, musicians and writers.

From the start Calder was fascinated with movement: he sketched animals in action at the zoo and began including moveable parts in his sculptures. One of his first major works was Cirque Calder – a circus of performers and animals made of wire and found objects that came to life in his hands. In his huge workshop, Calder’s creative mind and skills led him to construct beautiful kinetic mobiles that moved in the breeze and impressive metal sculptures called stabiles, which you can see in the exhibition here at NGV as well as in cities all over the world.

Now it’s your turn to be creative at Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids – construct a sculpture of an animal and build a sculpture for your city at Creation Zone.

Free entry

NGV International

5 Apr 19 – 4 Aug 19

Animal Shapes

Calder’s love of animals began at a young age and stayed with him throughout his career. When he was just 11 years old, Calder sculpted three-dimensional dog and duck figures from a piece of flat brass sheet metal and presented them to his parents as Christmas gifts.

At Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids, create your own animal to take home. Just like Calder, you may wish to give your creation away as a gift to someone you love.

Creation Zone

Over the years, Calder continued to create his imaginative sculptures, and they were even given new names – stabiles were standing structures and mobiles were moving sculptures! From his creation of Teodelapio in Spoleto, Italy, in 1962, Calder went on to make dozens of giant public sculptures. People in cities around the world wanted one of Calder’s massive sculptures for their own city.

What type of art would you create to transform where you live? Now is your chance to create your own virtual sculpture around Melbourne. Guided by Calder’s dog Feathers, use the materials in your virtual toolbox to create your own work of art around town.

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The NGV warmly thanks The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees, the Crown Resorts and Packer Family foundations and Official Supplier, Canson Australia for their generous support of Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids.