Connections: Kinetic Art & Automations
What is a whirligig?
It's an object that spins or whirls through some form of kinetic energy transfer. Weather vanes and pinwheels are whirligigs since they move in the wind. The history of whirligigs can be traced back over a thousand years. In the US colonial days, whirligigs evolved into more complicated designs and are considered an art form (folk art).
-This piece is in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection.
-See this collection of new and old whirligigs for sale on etsy.
-James Eaton is an artist who makes automations, sculptural objects and whirligigs. See his artworkhere.
-Automations (a kind of whirligig) are sculptural pieces that use kinetic energy from cranks, levers, and other clever mechanisms. View this collection youtube.
-View these cardboard automas from kids.
Make a Whirly-bird: plan
Build a Whirly-bird: lay out and attach
Paint: prime, balance color, add pattern
Assemble & test: add brads & try it out
Stop motion animation test using iMotion app. It was small enough to place under an iPad stand (as I hoped). They look like this. I have six in my art room. So I would have student work together to animate.
Whirly-bird ideas: dance & weathervane
One strategy for handling all the little pieces that students will be cutting out of cardboard and painting to make their whirligig is THE POUCH. This is a large folded sheet of paper with stapled edges that students can write their names on and tuck all their pieces into. When they paint, they can place all the pieces on their pouch on the drying rack. The pouch makes this project possible with 24 students.