LUAG Family Day: Kinetic Mobile Workshop with Artist Kevin Reese

March 20, 2021 10:00AM
Les Palmiers (America is Blooming)_Alexander Calder

Meet kinetic artist Kevin Reese, who will teach us how to create and balance our own Calder-inspired mobiles utilizing simple materials. We will gather inspiration from the works of Alexander Calder in the LUAG collection before designing and creating our own colorful shapes to set in motion in our mobiles. FREE materials kits will be available for pickup at the LUAG Galleries on a first come first served basis. Workshop offered in partnership with the Zoellner Arts Center as part of a Spring 2021 school residency program where “Mobilizing our Community” directed by visual artist Kevin Reese, will work with 4th graders throughout the Lehigh Valley to create large permanent moving sculptures – mobiles-- for installation at their school.

LUAG Family Workshops offer in-person and virtual experiences to explore great works of art from the LUAG collection and current exhibitions through conversation, hands-on projects, and sketching. Geared to children ages 4 to 12 and their adult companions, however, all ages are welcome.

Image Credit: Alexander Calder. Les Palmiers (America is Blooming). 1975. Tapestry. Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman. 
 Note: This is one of 6 tapestries designed for the Bicentennial.  Each is a series of geometric or biomorphic shapes in bold, primary colors. Only 19 of the originally planned 200 sets were produced.

Kevin Reese is an actor, designer, and visual artist with over thirty-five years of experience working with young people and communities as a performer and artist-in-residence.   As a teaching artist, Kevin has been working with young people and teachers throughout the United States since the early 1980’s. 

In the spring of 2001, Kevin initiated SchoolSculptures with Kevin Reese, a residency program during which he works with communities to create large permanent moving sculptures at schools, community and art centers inspired by the participants’ designs.  In the past 18 years, SchoolSculptures with Kevin Reese has created over 185 installations in 30 states throughout the country. His professional development workshops give teachers the skills to build mobiles with their students, integrating mathematical concepts and the notion of visual metaphors.

Learn more about Kevin Reese and School Sculptures here: https://youtu.be/l7FLhXDtSb0


Sample mobiles created by Kevin Reese to inspire our designs:



Workshop offered in partnership with Zoellner Arts Center's School Sculptures Residency Program, “Mobilizing our Community."