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3 Ways "Hanging With Calder" Will Be EPIC!

Updated: Oct 12, 2019

On Saturday, October 26th, children ages six and up have the opportunity to participate in an EPIC Art day camp, "Hanging With Calder," in Waipio, centrally located on Oahu. Here are three great reasons why your child should come:

Alexander Calder, Hanging Spider, c. 1940. Painted sheet metal and wire, 49 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (125.7 x 90.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Mrs. John B. Putnam Bequest 84.41. © Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

1. Getting to know the artist behind the mobile

Alexander Calder was an American artist schooled in mechanical engineering. In describing this new art form Calder created in the early 1930's, the Whitney Museum of American Art defined his mobiles as, "...a kinetic form of sculpture in which carefully balanced components manifest their own unique systems of movement."(

What inspired Calder to play with moving art? How did he make them move? What materials did he use? Your child is invited to come and find out.

2. Creating is fun!

Calder expressed, "Above all, art should be fun." I absolutely agree! The creative process plays a vital role in your child's education. Composing a moving work of art using wood, wire, and copper enameling will draw upon his or hers creative problem solving skills. Through some trial and error, your child will not only come away with an original work of art, but also great joy and satisfaction in this creative experience.

3. Playing with the craft of copper enameling

Just as Calder used shiny sheet metal in his magnificent mobiles, copper enameling utilizes copper sheet metal shapes and transforms them into glassy, colorful expressions with intense heat from a kiln. Because this process requires a kiln, this art day camp is a wonderful opportunity to explore the basics of copper enameling. The image above is a sample of student work from a few years ago. Don't worry, I will be the only one working the hot kiln!

With only ten seats available, register your child today!

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