Alexander Calder Workshop for Kids

  • Thu Apr 04 - Mon Aug 05 2019
  • Free

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.

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 at NGV – construct a sculpture of an animal and build a sculpture for your city at Creation Zone. 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.

What you need to know:

  • When: 5 April - 4 August, 10am - 5pm daily
  • Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
  • Cost: Free
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Image credit: NGV