Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chihuly






To start the year off each grade level study the amazing artist, Dale Chihuly. Dale Chihuly is an amazing glass artist. He was born in Tacoma, Washington and attended college in Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently still working and creating art today. He creates beautiful glass sculptures that are breath taking. He creates his sculptures by heating the glass and uses various tools to sculpt and form the glass into organic shapes when it is hot. Many of his sculptures are a combination of smaller individual pieces put together to create one large piece. He is most famous for his chandeliers that hang from the ceilings. Many of his pieces are very colorful and he always pays close attention to the space his sculptures are in. His sculptures are very large in scale and are always the focal point of any room. Some of his art is in museums, but a lot of his art is in public places inside and out. There is actually a Chihuly chandelier right here in Green Bay hanging at the Weidner Center, so check it out if you are ever there! The 4th and 5th Grade classes were able to collaborate to create a Chihuly Tower. Each student was able to make an organic shape that was added to the tower. They did a fabulous job!

13 comments:

  1. Curious - how did you make the twists that come off the end of the bottles? (What is inside them - just newspaper?)

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  2. each student wrapped a platic bottle with tinfoil (to create the curl). Then they covered them with tissue paper and artpaste. This sculpture was done with 7 fourth and fifth grade classes.

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  3. Looks easy, but oh my, that's lots of tin foil, isn't it?!

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  4. Fabulous! How did you put the individual pieces together?

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  5. How did you attach the bottles to the stand? It looks great!

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  6. These are wonderful! Did you cut the bottles before wrapping them? I love all your students' work!

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  7. these are wonderful! I love all your students' artwork. Did you cut the plastic bottles and then wrap them? Did the faculty and kids like the sculpture?

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  8. I didnot cut the bottles they were wrapped in colored tissue paper, each class got a different color, and used art paste to attach tissue paper. I put the sculpture together, tied a wire around each bottle and then around the post. Teacher and kids loved the sculpture. It did fade a little so recommend using fadeless tissue paper!

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  9. What did you use to secure them to? You mention a post, how did you make that stand up? This is a wonderful project! Do you think it could be suspended from the ceiling? And to attach them, you only would a wire around each bottle bottom and tied it to the post?
    Thanks

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  10. How come curls are not falling

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  11. The curls were made from adding tinfoil onto ends of plastic bottle.

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  12. Omg!.....I LOVE this!....I work in the UK with 16 to 19 year old students with learning disabilities.....They will LOVE making this!

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