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Alexander Calder once told his sister “I think best in wire.” Calder made portraits of people he knew, using wire to create a drawing in space. Ask students to work in pairs and make a one-line pencil sketch of each other without taking their pencil off the paper, then use craft wire or twistees to create a 3D portrait of their partner.
Alexander Calder, Varèse, c. 1930

The Whitney’s Collection

For Teachers

The Whitney’s collection features special content designed for K-12 audiences. Here, you’ll find information about featured artists and artworks, as well as activities for your students.
Elie Nadelman, Tango, 1920–24  88.1a-c For Teachers

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