Creating Mobiles at the Duluth Folk School
November 19, 2018

Creating Mobiles

  • December 9, 2018
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how anybody could possibly hang a bunch of objects on wires or sticks and get them to magically balance? Have you ever been in awe of the simultaneous size and lightness of a giant Alexander Calder mobile? Well, there are some techniques and secrets that aren’t evident until you try to create a mobile of your own, and we’d love to share them with you.

Creating Mobiles at the Duluth Folk School

The instructor has been making mobiles for years, and can show you how to successfully make mobiles out of any objects that you can think of: Beads, toys, rocks, leaves, origami, car parts…anything. You will see examples of his, and other people’s mobiles, and reveal the secrets of why they work. You’ll learn techniques for bending wire to form the structure of your piece using simple hand tools. You’ll see easy ways to find the balance points and how to assemble the pieces. You’ll learn what to use for basic parts, and where you can find/buy them. You’ll also learn about the subtle differences that distinguish a good mobile from a poor one. And you’ll build a small “desktop mobile” to take home.

We’ll peel away some of the mysteries of mobiles, so that you can create your own unique works and explore this semi-obscure art form.

Registration Includes

Registration includes all instruction, and you will go home with a small mobile to hang or sit on a stand.

Skill Level

This class is for anyone.

Best for Ages…

13 and older.

You should bring…

Bring 3-5 small objects to hang on your mobile (we may or may not use them depending on the difficulty. The instructor will also have extra objects to use. Bring needle nosed pliers if you have them, but we’ll have extras.



1917 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Located on street level. Handicapped accessible.


Question or comment?


Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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