Turned out there was a library just two blocks away, so we meandered over and spent the better part of a morning lounging on beanbags, playing with puzzles, and reading lots and lots of books. Poppy's not picky. If she can reach it, and pull it off the shelf, it's her new favorite, and she insists on me reading it aloud while she goes to pick another.
Alexander Calder and His Magical Mobiles. I love mobiles, and Calder has a huge one at the National Gallery, as well as a room of other smaller mobiles and sculptures. So while the mechanics labored away, chuckling at how much they were going to charge me, and the girls built and demolished towers of foam blocks, I got a quick primer on the artist behind the balance, and I knew what I wanted to do for our next Art Tuesday.
|Rouge Triomphant, 1959-1963|
Of course, when I went back to my library, they didn't have the same book, not in the entire Arlington system. Grrr. But, just to show some examples of his work, I did check out The Essential Alexander Calder and Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy.
|Cone d'ebene, 1933|
You never know how Art Tuesday is going to go. Paint, markers, and glue are often big hits, but sometimes the projects are too hard, or too easy, too narrowly defined, or too broad. Plus each child's interest level is a moving target from month to month. So you never know. We just try things and see what happens.
I'm happy to report that our Kinetic Art afternoon was a booming success. Attention spans reached record lengths, and creativity flowed like the rivers of beads that spilled onto the floor and scattered in all directions. Everyone got to make something that was unique to them. And I finally found something good about my totally weird entry light fixture: it's perfect for hanging mobiles.
here are some clever ones you can make for your next party, or...whatever!