7-D-1 Temperament Styles Lesson Plan

Title Lesson: Alexander Calder Mini Wire Sculptures
Allison Dowling
Grade Level: 7th Grade Art
Goals & Objective(s): 1.) Students will choose from the four different types of sculptural Art work that Alexander Calder created. 2.) Recreate a miniature sculpture of their own based on the four different types of Calder’s work: Mobiles, Stabiles, circus people, and constellations. 3.) The students will work with the hypothetical intention of it being installed in a large space somewhere in the district such as an entrance lobby or quad.

Time: Six Sessions: 45 Minutes in Length
Paper& Pencils for sketching sculpture ideas
Wire & Wire Tools
Safety Glasses
Open Mind

Temperament Style
Activity Description
Sensing Judging

Session 1: During this introductory phase
Students will view a factual based PowerPoint dealing with Alexander Calder’s abstract and kinetic installations. Here they will compare and contrast the style of Calder to the works of others they have studied thus far. In the latter part of the presentation, students of this temperament style will enjoy a very clear assignment explanation as well as be asked to recall (conceptualize) new vocabulary terms. Those terms are: mobile, stabile, miniature, biomorphic, kinetic sculpture, abstract, realistic.
Students will brainstorm ideas by sketching their plans. SJ learners love to be prepared and this is a great way to get ready to create their sculptures. Then we will discuss our ideas with classmates.
Intuitive Feeler
Session 2: Motivation through Sketching and beginning to create their sculptures.
Students in this temperament style will love learning and will be inspired from the biographical information presented in the beginning of the presentation. As students learn more about the history of Calder’s life (particularly his engineering degree) they will begin to conceptualize his unique style. The NF students will be excited to work on an art project and to have the opportunity to choose not only between Calder’s 4 different styles of art, but to choose create something totally unique and personally expressive. (Compare and Contrast) NF students are are very imaginative and we can expect some very unique projects from this lesson.
Students will choose their project direction and begin working during this session. The intuitive feeler student will need reassurance to proceed from the sketching step to bending wire.
Sensing Perceiving
Sessions 3, 4, &5: Demo & Work Sessions-Students construct their sculptures out of materials needed for each individual project. I will demonstrate the techniques Alexander Calder uses to create kinetic moving sculptures out of wire. I will talk about balance, gravity,kinetic energy of motion, and organic shapes that notorious to Alex's style. The wires and shapes have to balance in order to "fly". This is a designated structure.(SJ's will also love this detail-oriented formula)
This type of temperament style is labeled as, "The Artisans".The sensing perceivers in this class will look forward to experimenting with the new tools and supplies that this lesson has to offer. They will also enjoy the hands-on experience through out the process of constructing their own chosen sculpture. At the end of the presentation about Calder, the teacher will presents the hypothetical idea that these sculptures are small scale versions of their sculptures that will be submitted for board approval to recreate one of the student’s ideas. The chosen sculpture will be placed as an installation piece some where in the school district. This temperament style will gladly accept this challenge and be further motivated because of it.
During this stage students will comprehend new techniques as they experiment with tools and the new style of creating artwork. Combining all of the knowledge and skills they have obtained thus far in the class when working with new concepts in art, students should excel greatly.
Students will do a majority of the hands-on work during this portion of the project. SP learners will enjoy working independently on this project.
Intuitive Thinking
Sessions 5& 6: Project Wrap Up
The NT students will enjoy the experimental aspect of working with bending wire. They will have been properly informed and instructed due to the logical progress of presenting the artist and the new concepts he developed using gravity and kinetic energy. Because the construction of the sculpture is much more complex than other assignments in the past, they should be tuned right into it. These types of students will love to think of the "big" picture of the completed project.
Students will be putting the finishing touches on their projects and will also appreciate the acknowledgment of their hard efforts as the instructor displays them in the front lobby display case.

Reflection on special populations: Students will need to be advised of the vocabulary assessment portion of this lesson. I will run off copies of the Power Point for reference and also give the vocabulary to them on paper and make it available on our classroom’s Edline website. Multiple-choice questions on quiz will only have two choices instead of four to choose from. I will also be prepared to explain assignment further upon completion of initial presentation.

Mobile-Alexander Calder

Calder's Cirque

Strong Man from Calder's Cirque
Stabile, Alexander Calder
Constellation Mobile/ Alexander Calder