I spent part of my morning at our daughter's elementary school. I've volunteered for the art/lit coordinator position. I'm so glad I did. I had the privilege today of teaching the children about a somewhat local artist that is a favorite, Dale Chihuly.
I was in charge of the introduction. I was able to get them quite excited explaining what a sculpture is and how large glass sculptures could really be. http://www.chihuly.com/ Dale Chihuly no longer blows glass due to an eye injury, but paints what he wants in glass first and then his studio team helps to create his vision.
Today, the children decorated plastic punch cups with handles. They used Sharpies and filled them with color. After that, we put them in the foil-lined toaster oven on broil and watched the magic. They twisted and folded and took on the same fluid curves of Mr. Chihuly's work. The children were in awe. After the pieces cooled, they were joined together to create a class chandelier.
They really understand the awesomeness of his art and were very excited to learn more.
NOTE: If anyone wants to try this, it's easy. Just remember to open a window and keep it ventilated. The fumes were a bit much by the end of the 1/2 hour art project with 60 cups to melt.
This photo was taken tonight at "Art Night" where they strung up the cups and created a chandelier. The piece wasn't lit at all. We were so disappointed. It would have looked great with little twinkle lights in the middle to show off the beautiful colors.