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!