5th Grade Dale Chihuly inspired art installation

IMG_0872 IMG_0832 IMG_0833 IMG_0834 IMG_0832 IMG_0833 IMG_0834 IMG_0835 IMG_0836 IMG_0842 IMG_0841 IMG_0840 IMG_0839 IMG_0838 IMG_0837 IMG_0843 IMG_0850 IMG_0851 IMG_0852 IMG_0853 IMG_0866 IMG_0867 IMG_0868 IMG_0869 IMG_0870 IMG_0871 IMG_0873 IMG_0879 IMG_0878 IMG_0877 IMG_0876 IMG_0875 IMG_0874ImageImpressed, proud and excited are all euphemisms for how I feel when I look at the images of my students work with this project. These artists really went to town with the choices they were given and made the most of their time in the art room. I introduced them to the artist Dale Chihuly who is a Seattle based glass artist. Since we don’t have a hot shop or any access to working with glass, I gave them some options to create work inspired by his pieces. We talked a lot about the elements and principles that are incorporated into his work. The lines and colors that he chooses for his pieces, some colors are complementary, others are contrasting, and some look unified. The proportion and scale of his works was also something of importance that we discussed, the fact that he makes large scale installations, composed of lots of smaller pieces. Most importantly though, we talked about how Chihuly, like any artist, makes choices. Careful and thoughtful choices when creating his work. I showed students the sketches that Chihuly created before executing pieces. Ultimately I left it up to my students to decide what they wanted to make within a few options; they could create paintings or drawings based on looking at Chihuly’s work. Create a mock Macchia piece out of coffee filters using watercolors crayons and watercolor paints, or create paper mache versions of Chihuly’s sphere’s from the Niijima floats.

Students loved this project, and I think this may have been one of my favorite projects to give!


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