A mobile is considered kinetic art, meaning art that has moving parts. American artist Alexander Calder was the inventor of mobiles. His free-flowing, hanging art form is not only beautiful in a museum, but is also a fun and simple class project. A mobile consists of a frame and hanging objects. The objects can be in any theme, from science to history.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 2 sticks
- White paint
- Multiple colours of felt
- Fabric glue
- Hole punch
Find two sticks and cut each one with garden shears to be 2 feet long. Paint the sticks white. Allow the paint to dry. Form an "X" with the sticks, and wire them together using 6 inches of wire.
Research a local bird species to use as your shape. Print a picture of a bird, or cut one out of a magazine.
Trace the bird shape and a draw a wing shape onto 16 multicoloured pieces of felt. Cut out all the birds and wings.
Glue two bird shapes together with fabric glue, matching the shapes as mirror images. Glue a wing to the middle of both sides of the bird. Allow birds to dry.
Punch a hole in the top of the birds with a hole punch. Thread yarn of various lengths, such as 10 inches, 12 inches and 14 inches, through the birds and tie a knot. Tie the other end of the yarn to the middles and ends of the sticks.
Tie a 16 inch piece of yarn to the centre of the "X" to hang the mobile.
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