Fourth graders studied the large-scale sculptural art of Frank Stella and Alexander Calder. Both artists had long careers exploring lots of different mediums. We chose to focus on their large sculptures. A maquette is a small scale version of the intended sculpture. Artists design maquettes to work out all the kinks such as proportion, balance and aesthetic appeal. The students dug into their engineering brains while creating these sculptures as they worked out problems dealing with sound structure, weight, balance and space. I loved watching their intense faces as they worked and I really loved the final, outstanding sculptures.
There was a bit of a competition to see who could make the "greatest" maquette between these two!