We began our two week study of the amazing artist, Alexander Calder. We looked at several examples of his work, paying close attention to his bent wire sculptures. We discussed the way the artist drew with the wire to create a 3-dimensional drawing based sculpture. We looked at the parts of the sculptures, mobiles and stabiles that were created by Calder and identified the base of the sculptures and motion found in his mobiles. After viewing the examples of his work, we transferred the class down to the Maker Space to begin working on sanding the wood bases for our sculptures. The students all learned sanding techniques and had a beginning lesson on wire bending, the use of pliers and learned how to cut aluminum wire with wire cutters. They were so proud of the practice sculptures they created. We will begin construction of the wire portraits this week in class.