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Calder Sculpture Project-Based Art Unit for Famous Artist Series in PreK-2

Grade Levels
K - 2nd, Homeschool
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  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
100 pages
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  1. Engage young artists in a project-based studies inspired by famous artworks. This mini bundle includes four complete units of the Famous Artist series from Kids Art Projects 101. Inside each unit you'll find a PDF unit guide full of information and tips for teaching a series of art lessons to studen
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Engage young artists in a project-based study of Alexander Calder in this unit of the Famous Artist series from Kids Art Projects 101. Introduce children to famous artworks and details about Alexander Calder as they create a Calder-inspired mobile sculpture studio art project.

Inside the unit you'll find a 27-page unit guide full of information and tips for teaching this series of art lessons to students in preschool through grade 2.

The unit is broken down into four 40-minute sessions.

For each session there is a guided presentation that has already been prepared for you and can be used via Google Slides or PowerPoint. The presentation also introduces and guides you through completion of a studio project and follow-up activity.

The 100-page combined PDF and Google Slides full resource includes:

  • An original digital storybook designed to expose students to famous artworks and details about Alexander Calder
  • A sculpture practice exercise
  • A compare & contrast activity
  • A step-by-step studio project guide with clear directions, supply lists, and work sample photos
  • Two pages of printable stencils
  • Some quick fun facts
  • A digital lesson review
  • An art show prompt with guided questions
  • A printable self-assessment
  • Early finisher coloring page and sing-along suggestions
  • Blank slide templates


This series is a project-based approach with ties to famous art and artists. The projects are designed for use with young children, and they heavily emphasize play and experimentation, but they also target specific skills, techniques, and understandings.

Inside each structured unit the plans are organized into three to four 40-minute sessions and can be paced out in whatever way works best for your situation. This approach is awesome because it layers art history connections with guided instruction about the elements of art and principles of design. Each unit ultimately results in a completed art project.

The full series will include 12 project packs with connections to famous artists like Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, and more. These projects were originally developed for use in a public school art room with kindergarten students, but have been adapted into a scripted PowerPoint format so that they can be easily utilized in a variety of settings and with a slightly broader age-range. 


Most school-age kids are ready to learn about famous art and artists! Such engagement exposes them to diverse pathways to success and creative expression.

The problem is that figuring out HOW TO DO THIS WELL WITH YOUNG KIDS can be time-consuming and overwhelming. Teacher trainings, even well-organized ones, can leave you feeling ill-equipped for:

  • Selecting kid-friendly masterpieces
  • Translating art/artist facts in a way that feels accessible and engaging to little ears
  • Making time for art history integration, in what is usually a very short time-allotment for hands-on artmaking
  • Assembling supplemental resources (videos, stories, assessments, and early-finisher activities)
  • Aligning famous art with hands-on projects
  • Breaking hands-on projects into manageable and concise kid-friendly chunks

The project packs in our Famous Artist Series do all that work for you! This resource will have you feeling more relaxed, prepared, and purposeful about engaging young kids in art learning!


About Kids Art Projects 101

Kids Art Projects 101 is led by Cara Medico, Ed.D. Cara is an experienced artist, mom and K-5 art teacher with over 15 years of experience teaching elementary art.

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Total Pages
100 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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