Moon Phase Stabiles

The students learned about famous artist Alexander Calder. Calder is famous for creating artistic mobiles that hang from ceilings, but also for creating stabiles which are stationary mobiles.  Calder explained the difference between stabiles and mobiles this way: “You have to walk around a stabile or through it – a mobile dances in front of you.” The students worked in a group to create a stabile to show the eight moon phases that they had been studying in class. The students used aluminum foil on black circles to show the different amounts of light that is reflected from the Sun, creating the moon phases. The students used cups for the stationary aspect of the mobile and pipe cleaners to create some movement within the piece. Pictures do not do these sculptures justice, come by and see them in person!


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