Students were introduced to sculpture artist Alexander Calder and taught about the use of balance as an art principle. Students were directed to create zentangles on 6 inch squares of colored railroad paper which were then folded and cut into circles. The pieces were combined to create a paper toy able to stand and rock on its own.
View and discuss the work of Alexander Calder
Design a zentangle using various patterns
Create a paper toy inspired by the work of Alexander Calder
Colored Railroad Paper (6x6”, 2x2”, and scraps ~1x2”)
Pipe Cleaners (cut to 6”)
Glue Guns (and glue)
Design a Zentangle on a 6x6” piece of railroad paper.
Trace a circle onto the railroad paper and cut it out.
Fold the 2x2” railroad paper in half. Draw the shape of the bird’s head. Cut it out.
Fold a 1” scrap of railroad paper into a tab shape and use it to glue the bird’s body closed.
Glue the pipe cleaner one inch into the head and the body.
Fold the pipe cleaner back and position it until the bird balances.