Thursday, April 5, 2012

CHIHULY inspirations by 5th Grade

I am THRILLED to finally display some of the awesome Chihuly inspired (click here for artist link) sculptures that my 5th grade artists have been working on for the last month. I totally swiped this lesson idea from my (even more awesome!) friend, colleague, and a past student teacher of mine over at Suffield Elementary School Field Elementary Art Blog
I will even go as far as using part of her her studio activity description that she has posted!! Thanks Mrs. Tannert, you're the best!

To make them, each student got an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of transparent shrink film and then I had assigned a week prior to the start of the project, the best homework ever! They had to go buy a Slushie or two and save the dome lids for an added "recycle" aspect. They were enthusiastic to say the least about this homework assignment! They drew some fancy organic and geometric shapes with unique patterns, colored them with Sharpies then cut them out.  I borrowed some heat guns from other teachers and started melting them down...students loved watching the process. We shot the individual pieces unevenly so that they warped into unique 3-dimensional shapes.  The students strung them onto Twisteez wire and some used sections of straws to give the plastic pieces some space between them. See how they turned out~ Incredibly delish!
Morgan M.
Grace W.

Noah Y. and Kayla G.

Derek G.

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