Saturday, November 9, 2013

Chihuly Extension Activities

Do you see now why Dale Chihuly is considered by many to be the greatest living glass artist?  His amazing works have completely transformed the art-glass movement into larger than life experience including towering sculptures, floating spheres, and intricate details.  


  • Take a look at this video of Chihuly and his team creating one of the glass pieces for his sculptures - pay close attention to how difficult this would be for any one artist to do on their own.


  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis funded the creation of this fantastic Printable Book.  Keep an eye out for the great unit study ideas for grades 3-5. 
  • Curious about how his pieces are designed and installed?  Houzz has a fantastic step-by-step collection of photos and instructions.   


  • Now that you know how to use your shrink film to create unique shapes, you can begin designing you own creations.  How about making icicles for your Christmas tree or necklace pendants?  


We learned a lot about light during our study of Chihuly's work.  Have you ever read John 3:19-21?  It says this:
Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
So why does the Bible have verses about light?  Well, that light is Jesus.  We can't see anything in the dark of sin, but when we follow Jesus we walk in the light we are able to see and we can stay far away from the areas that are dark with sin.  

Of course we all still sin, but people who live in the light of Jesus, studying the Bible and praying to Him, have God's help to change their bad habits.  They hate the darkness and love the light of Jesus.  

I can't wait to show you how amazing your projects look when I finally get them all strung together for the Christmas display.  Update coming soon!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dale Chihuly

We have the privilege of studying one of my absolute favorite artist this month.

Dale Chihuly is a modern glass-blower who operates a cooperative to create amazing work that would be difficult for any one artist to accomplish on their own. You are going to love seeing the immense size of some of these pieces. 

Dale Chihuly
1941 -

In preparation for class please print the following image and place it in a place where your student will be able to study it over the coming week. (Printable image available here.)
Blown Glass Chandelier
Dale Chihuly
photograph by Andrew Dunn
Victoria and Albert Museum
This month's community service project is to use our own "art-glass" sculptures to decorate our town  park for the holidays.

In order to complete this month's project each family will need:
    • Sharpie markers varying colors  - red, green, and blue would be best
    • 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of blank shrink film - 1 per student
    • Scotch 3M clear glue stick - can be shared
    • Scissors - 1 per student
    • Scrap paper to place under artwork (blank would be best)
    • Pencil with an eraser (does not need to be an artist pencil) - 1 per student
    • (optional) Small package of baby wipes
    • (optional) hole punch
Don't forget, this month's class is not on the 3rd Friday of the month - See you on Friday November 8th at 6:30!