SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2013

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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Middle School Studio Lesson Chihuly Envy Patricia Salomon W hen I introduced my eighth-grade students to Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures, I showed a DVD of his works and discussed his use of color and organic shapes. I also became very envious of the creative process of glass blowing. My students asked me why they could not learn to blow glass, and as I explained why, it occurred to me that they would benefit from some type of three-dimensional experience based on Chihuly's work. Finding a Safe Alternative In order to bring glass sculpting into my artroom, I needed a clear material that could be molded into shapes and colored with a medium that could withstand high heat. I realized that the safest, most affordable way to offer this lesson would be to use protective gloves, heat guns, and metal tongs to hold and manipulate heated plastic. After experimenting with different clear plastics I came up with three items that were fairly inexpensive and easy to find: plastic plates, plastic tumbler cups, and overhead transparency sheets. Jane Schuler, grade eight. 17

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