SchoolArts Magazine

December 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 27 E L E M E N T A R Y S everal years ago, I attended a workshop demonstrating how Dale Chihuly–inspired flowers could be created using plastic bottles. Over the next few years, I explored this recycling project with my fifth-grade students. The idea has evolved as we experimented with numerous approaches for displaying the sculptures. That first year, stu- dents made a tower; the second year, panels were covered with the forms; and for the past two years, students have created flowers on stems. Last year, I took another workshop on the same process. Scanning the room, I saw a tiny sculpture hang- ing from a paperclip. Immediately, I knew that this was what my students needed to construct for the artroom, only on a much larger scale. Students would not only create individual Chandelier A Chihul Shaw J. Lane

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