Chihuly Calder Kinetic Sculpture Rubric
Mrs. Fitzgerald- 8th grade
Your kinetic sculpture grade is composed of four parts. The following four parts should be
met by the completion of this project.
1. Kinetic Sculpture Idea Sheet- covers color scheme, texture/pattern, and
feeling/mood. (thumbnail drawings included)
2. Kinetic sculpture assembled - based upon criteria provided.
3. Project is well crafted, creative and detailed oriented.
4. Critique is completed after kinetic sculpture is constructed.
Chihuly Calder Kinetic Sculpture Rubric
FOUR THREE TWO ONE
Kinetic Sculpture Kinetic Sculpture Kinetic Sculpture Kinetic Sculpture
Idea Sheet- covers Idea Sheet- covers Idea Sheet- covers Idea Sheet- covers
color scheme, color scheme, color scheme, color scheme,
texture /pattern, and texture /pattern, and texture /pattern, and texture /pattern, and
feeling/mood. Idea feeling/mood. Idea feeling/mood. Idea feeling/mood. No
sheet is detailed and sheet is fairly sheet is not detailed effort put into idea
well thought out. detailed. or complete. sheet. No drawings.
Kinetic sculpture Kinetic sculpture Kinetic sculpture Kinetic sculpture
meets all project meets all project does not meet all of does not meet
criteria: line, color, criteria. The the project criteria. project
texture, design, elements are visible Not all elements are requirements. Key
shape/form, and but could be visible. More effort elements are not
movement. executed better. needed. visible. Very little
100% effort Good effort. effort.
Kinetic sculpture is Kinetic sculpture is Creativity is limited Creativity is not
creative and well creative and well and craftsmanship apparent and
crafted. Effort is crafted. Effort is could have been craftsmanship could
clearly visible. 100% visible. Good effort. executed better. have been executed
attention to detail. Effort is not clearly better. Little to no
visible. Needs more effort.
Well thought out Question answered, Little to no No critique
answers. Clear and but some answers explanation provided provided.
concise explanation are vague. in critique. Answers
provided. not well thought
Chihuly Calder Kinetic Sculpture- Element Criteria
Mrs. Fitzgerald- 8th grade
LINE - defined as a moving dot.
A. Line is the most versatile and necessary of all the graphic elements.
B. Line quality and variation influence the viewer’s reaction to the work of art.
Ex. horizontal/vertical, straight/curved, thick/thin, long/short, light/dark, diagonal,
C. Can be suggestive and expressive. Often it defines a space, and may create an outline
or contour, define a silhouette; create patterns, or movement, and the illusion of
mass or volume. It may be two-dimensional (as with pencil on paper) three-
dimensional (as with wire) or implied (the edge of a shape or form).
FORM - refers to an object that is three-dimensional (length, width and depth). One has the
ability to walk around the work or into it. It can be viewed from many angles. Ex. Baseball,
shoe, small sculptures (ceramics).
A. GEOMETRIC FORMS - angular, square, cubist and straight-edged.
B. ORGANIC FORMS - rounded, flowing
DESIGN -A plan, or to plan. The organization or composition of a work; the skilled
arrangement of its parts. An effective design is one in which the elements of art and principles
of design have been combined to achieve an overall sense of unity (the quality of wholeness
MOVEMENT- The act or process of moving, especially change of place or position, an effort.
This can either be actual motion or it can be implied — the arrangement of the parts of an
image to create a sense of motion by using lines, shapes, forms, and textures that cause the
eye to move over the work. A principle of design, it can be a way of combining elements of
art to produce the look of action. In a painting or photograph, for instance, movement refers
to a representation or suggestion of motion. In sculpture too, movement can refer to
implied motion. On the other hand, mobiles and kinetic sculptures are capable of actual
motion as well.
TEXTURE -An element of art, texture is the surface quality or "feel" of an object, its
smoothness, roughness, softness, etc. Textures may be actual or simulated. Actual textures
can be felt with the fingers, while simulated textures are suggested by an artist in the painting
of different areas of a picture — often in representing drapery, metals, rocks, hair, etc. Words
describing textures include: flat, smooth, shiny, glossy, glittery, velvety, feathery, soft, wet,
gooey, furry, sandy, leathery, crackled, prickly, abrasive, rough, furry, bumpy, corrugated,
puffy, rusty, and slimy.
PATTERN -The repetition of anything -- shapes, lines, or colors -- also called a motif, in a
Color & its Meaning
Red- passionate, the color of hearts & fire: it attracts our attention, & actually speeds up the
bodies metabolism. Pink associated with romance. Deep red looks aristocratic.
Blue- the color of the sky & the sea. It has a calming effect, but it’s also quite powerful- the
strongest of the familiar colors after red. Light blue looks young & sporty, but royal or
navy blue has a dignified, wealthy air.
Yellow- lively & happy, the color of sunshine & daffodils. Can quickly tire of it.
Green- tranquil & pastoral, the colors of trees & grass. Remind us of spring, but it’s also the
color of jealously. Dark green brings to mind the deep quiet of a pine forest.
Purple- sophisticated color, long associated with royalty. We often do not see it in nature.
Brown- rich & fertile, like soil; it’s also sad & wistful like leaves in autumn or an October
moon. Gives a rustic, natural look.
White- purity, innocence & peace, but is also associated with hospitals & winter.
Black- night & death, & is often linked with evil. It is also associated with wealth & elegance.
Warm colors- hues from red to yellow, including orange, pink, brown & burgundy, are called
warm colors. Bright, splashy, cheerful & aggressive like molten lava. It attracts
the eye, heightens motivation & makes you work faster.
Cool colors- hues from green to violet, including blue & all the shades of gray, are known as
cool colors- reminds us of snow & ice. They slow down the body’s metabolism.
It has a calming effect, & is clean & crisp. They sometimes seem unbearably
gloomy & oppressive.
Light colors- soft & quiet, like cotton candy & floating clouds. Preferred in interior design,
used for walls & furniture.
Dark colors- heavy, like rain clouds: strong & solid. Dark colors are usually associated with
royalty. Primarily used as accents.
Vivid colors- powerful personalities: red, blue, yellow, white & black. Preferred in graphic
design when combined with another vivid color.
Dull colors- when gray is added to a color, the personality of the color is softened. Our eye
prefers vivid over dull. Dull is vague & creates a blurry impression. They reduce
tension, & create a meditative dreamlike mood.
Color Harmony: A Guide to Creative Color Combinations, Hideaki Chijiiwa, Rockport
Publishers: North Light Books, 1987