After studying the work of sculptors who have been inspired by natural forms, students will construct a paper sculpture.  They will then use board to draw, cut and assemble three biomorphic shapes to create a stabile.  After looking at the work of Alexander Calder, and creating a mobile on an internet site, they will sketch their stabiles and add a drawn mobile to it to create a sketch for a "standing mobile."  Using wire and board, they will create the mobile and attach it to their stabile.  The use of color to create visual balance, dominance, and unity will be discussed before students add color to their sketches and paint their standing mobiles.  After seeing images of large-scale Calder works in New York City, and discussing how large-scale sculpture an enhance a public space, students will select an appropriate New York City site in which to place their sculpture.  A black and white drawing of this site will be made by tracing a photograph of it.   A sketch of their sculpture in the appropriate scale to the site will be placed in position, and color will be added to the sculpture to make it emerge from its surroundings.  In this way, students will experience not only creating a sculpture, but will understand how scale, color, and its placement in a community site affects the viewer's response to it. 

Grade 8 Benchmark:

Through close observation and sustained investigation, students develop individual and global perspectives on art; utilize the principles of art, solve design problems, and explore perspective, scale, and point of view.

Performance Indicators:

Create a sculpture that demonstrates:
asymmetrical balance
unity through color and form
Students will be able to: 
Use natural forms as an inspiration for creating a standing mobile.
Use color to create balance, dominance, and unity.
Create a drawing that depicts their work as a large-scale sculpture in a New York City site
Students will understand that: 
Many artists have been inspired by natural forms.
Color is an important element when creating balance, dominance, and unity,
Large-scale sculpture can bring attention to and beautify a public space.
negative space, shape, biomorphic, organic, stabile, mobile, standing mobile, balance, smmetrical, asymetrical, dominance, unity, public art, scale
Researching Calder's life on the internet and working in small groups to summarize the findings
Class critiques that address the use of color to create balance, dominance, and unity
Discussing challenges and solutions
Working in pairs to discuss work
Answering questions in class
Creating a painted standing mobile from thick board and wire
Creating a drawing that places the standing mobile in a New York City public site
Originally contributed by: 
Priyanka Dasgupta, Laurel Danowitz-Gerges, Barbara Gurr