Chicos al Arte: we present the wonder world of Hervé Tullet to make a mobile installation

Hervé Tullet, is an artist and illustrator of French origin who lives and works between Paris and New York. His wonderful books captivate children around the world. Generously, he shares educational activities on his blog through attractive videos. He is a teacher in permanent movement, an artist of playful and uninhibited creation.

“The strength of creation does not lie in aesthetics, but in the creative process that, from idea to gesture, offers real surprises for the eye. From these revelations comes an enthusiasm, an energy. ”

He conveys his passion to the public until, why not, compose your own Expo Ideale (Ideal Exhibition): a space of experimentation that is mutating, the exhibition that never ends.

Hervé Tullet © Pittsburgh Children’s Museum

“Playing is learning without realizing it.” That is Tullet’s watchword: to play.

Javiera Valencia Arenas de Chicos al arte proposes us to be inspired by this unique artist to create a mobile installation based on textures, colors and shapes.

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Encourage yourself to compose and decompose to explore different shapes and points of view based on primary colors.


-Red, yellow and blue cardboard (also papers with motifs if we have)

-Wooden stick





-Pipe Cleaner

1. We start by intervening with the primary color cards (some are smooth but can be striped, with dots, stars) in different ways:

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Drawing with a marker straight lines, oblique lines, grids … they can be more gestural and loose lines as well.

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2. Then we tear the paper with our hands or cut with scissors, generating little windows (without reaching the edges, in the center of the paper, it is not so easy but it is achieved!).

We can look through that gap: an unexpected point of view arises!

3. We can also cut triangles with a cutter (with the help of an adult) and lift each triangle to discover the color of the paper underneath. It is interesting to pass your hand over the top and explore sensations.

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4. Then we superimpose the pieces of paper and glue them. Contrasting shapes and colors are emerging, attractive visual textures. Tip: it is important that the windows of the two papers do not coincide to achieve this, the key is to join the papers and look at the light to check where to make the second window.

The idea is to integrate the work of children: to build a collaborative work.

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We cut out those square shapes that we created to make irregular shapes.

5. With a hole punch we make small holes at the ends of each piece to be able to hold the pipe cleaners together to create species of pendants.

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6. Finally, we hook each pendant to the stick that will give the final (but not final) shape to the mobile. And voila!

6. Finally, we hook each pendant to the stick that will give the final (but not definitive) shape to the mobile. And voilà!

Hervé Tullet ©Seoul Arts Center
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