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Alexander Calder for Kids | Biography and Lesson Resources

Updated on May 31, 2011

Art Lessons and Printable Resources for the Elementary Art Student

American artist, sculptor and toy maker, Alexander Calder (1898-1976), is one of the most interesting and creative artists of the modern era. The focus of this collection of free art lesson plans and resources is to provide elementary school students with free lesson materials to learn about and appreciate the art of this famous artist. Some of these activities are simple to prepare and enjoy. Others may require a trip to the art store.

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alexander calder

Hey Kids, Meet Alexander Calder | Biography

Alexander Calder was born in 1898, in Lawnton, Pennsylvania. He was born into a family of artists. His father Alexander Stirling Calder was a prominent sculptor who created many public sculptures in the Philadelphia area. Calder's mother, Nanette Lederer Calder, was a professional portrait painter who studied art in Paris before moving to Philadelphia where she met her husband Alexander Stirling Calder...

Alexander Calder Word Search Worksheet
Alexander Calder Word Search Worksheet

Hey Kids, Meet Alexander Calder | Word Search Worksheet

This free printable Alexander Calder word search worksheet helps students to build reading skills while learning about Calder. Tell your students how many words there are to find. Then ask them to complete the word search worksheet by identifying the keywords biography and circling them on the worksheet.

Your students will have a blast, and the homeroom teachers at your school will be thrilled that you included an activity like this one in your art lesson plans.

calder cookie
calder cookie

Free Art Lesson Plans

Alexander Calder Wire Sculpture Horse | Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the art of American artist Alexander Calder by creating a wire horse sculpture after his style.


Medium Gauge Wire

Wire Sculpture Horse Pattern


Wire Cutter

Alexander Calder Cookies | Lesson Plan

Create a work of art in you kitchen. Bake a batch of sugar cookies, whip up some frosting, and then turn your cookies into a Matisse masterpiece.


4" Sugar Cookies

Cookie Frosting

Food Coloring

Popsicle Sticks or Paint Brushes

Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)

Cookie Design Worksheet

calder red nose
calder red nose

Red Nose | Free Coloring Page

Take a moment to color an Alexander Calder masterpiece.

This art masterpiece coloring page of Alexander Calder's Red Nose, will give children an opportunity to interact with a piece of art in a way that they may have never experienced before. Not only will they look at this masterpiece, but they will interact with it. As a result, it will leave a much more lasting impression of the artwork and possibly a greater appreciation for art in general, than had they only looked at it.

red mobile
red mobile

Red Mobile

Alexander is famous for inventing the mobile. The Red Mobile was created by Alexander Calder in 1956. It is made of painted sheet metal and metal rods. It is currently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Try building a mobile of your own from a coat hanger, thread and construction paper cut -outs.

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