We made stabiles today. Stabiles are a form of abstract art with a solid base supporting various shapes and objects. American artist and sculptor, Alexander Calder , is credited for the invention of both the stabile and the mobile. Creating a stabile is just as satisfying for a three year old as it is for an older child...always a plus for me! We became so engaged in making that I forgot to take photos of our process and just have tons (from every angle) of our end result. We tried two versions: found objects around our art corner and one inspired by nature. Both stabiles used "retired" playdough as the base for sticking in our objects. We make our own playdough, so it was fun to find a use for it before it went into the compost bin.
Here are some of the materials we used:
- doubling up the pipe cleaners made them sturdier for holding heavier pieces
- use heavier gauge wire if working with older children..pipe cleaners made it safe for young artists, but they won't stand up with too much weight
-use a tin can to contain the playdough
The following is our nature inspired stabile. We got help from a big friend. This activity engaged us all!