4th graders learned about the American artist Alexander Calder. Calder was a sculptor who invented the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended parts which move in response to motor power or wind. Students learned that kinetic art is art that moves. Calder also produced numerous wire figures, notably for a miniature circus.
4th graders made fish from wire, using their hands and various wire cutting tools to help manipulate the wire to form the fish shape. Next they added beads, and then designed a patterned background to attach their fish to.