Joan Miró – Automatic-drawing


In the paintings of Spanish artist Joan Miró, we see colorful organic forms playing with fine-drawn black lines or maybe the other way around. Symbols like eyes, stars and other shapes which seem to be from a secret sign language made up by Miró.

But maybe even the artist himself did not know what his signs were about: Miró was famous for using the technique of “automatic drawing”. This doesn’t mean he had a machine to draw (he started drawing classes with 7 years) but that he tried to draw without thinking, allowing his hand to move around on the paper randomly.

“When I stand in front of a canvas, I never know what I’m going to do – and nobody is more surprised than I at what comes out.”

Joan Miró’s artworks inspired me to create a mobilé with his iconic style elements. To make an moving artwork with your kids, too, use black wire ( about ∅ 1 mm for the bars and ∅ 0,3 mm for the connections), a lightweight modeling clay plus different colors for the shapes and some basic household tools.

After modelling, drying and painting the shapes, add little holes (using a needle) and start to string the clay forms. With some patience or physics (be sure to train both) fix the first, highest bar and build your mobilé from the top to the bottom, adding or taking-off elements or changing the position of the wires to keep the balance.


Joan Miró inspired mobilé by me, photo by Ilona Habben for ELTERN family magazine