Teacher: Leigh Kermizian

Title: Mobiles

Grade Level: 1st

Brief History: Alexander Calder introduced this art form in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1932, a month before he first referred to his wire sculptures with moving parts using this term, it was Marcel Duchamp who suggested to Calder that he call his pieces “mobiles.”

Objectives: Students will create and paint a mobile using paper plates


  • Discuss mobiles
  • Watch Alexander Calder Movie (small clip)
  • Show posters of Calder’s work and discuss
  • Paint on side of the mobile using a sponge painting technique
  • Show works by Jackson Pollock
  • Read Action Jackson book
  • Paint other side of plate using dripping technique
  • Cut plates from middle to edge
  • Glue plates to form a cone shape
  • Attach string or curling ribbon from top plate to bottom three small plates


1 large plate per student

3 small plates per student


Paint brushes/sponges

Tongue depressors

Plates for paint

String/curling ribbon

Common Core Standards:





Assessment Strategies:

Students will share their work using the TAG format (tell something you like, ask a question, give positive suggestions)

Essential Questions:

What are the uses of Mobiles?

Why are they made? Why did the artist create these works?

What is the mood or feeling of mobiles?


General Modifications:

  • One on one assistance
  • Extra visual aids
  • Adaptive tools
  • List of directions

Differentiation Strategies:

  • Use all large plates
  • Adaptive painting toolsphoto 1

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