SchoolArts Magazine

December 2016

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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28 DECEMBER 2016 SchoolArts flowers—they would combine them into a single giant structure. The Bigger Picture Such a dramatic, collective project would expand students' learning to include concepts such as ecological responsibility, team building, and act- ing locally to make an impact globally. To make this plan a reality, I visited the Dale Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida, which showcased many of his magnificent sculptures. When I saw his chandeliers, I knew in an instant that a chandelier would be perfect for my students to create. The Armature I contemplated the design and con- struction of an armature for the chandelier. Because my artroom is a large open space, the armature could extend 6' (1.8 m) in diameter and 8' (2.5 m) in height. The result looked like a sort of Christmas-tree form made of chicken wire. I used three large trash cans taped together to structure the bottom of the form and gradually worked upward, closing the form in a little as necessary. I folded the wire over in

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