and saving my large cranberry juice bottles to use as a base. A few of the blogs I remember particularly are MaryMaking (http://marymaking.blogspot.com/2010/02/dale-chihuly-inspired-sculpture.html), Art With Mr. E, (http://artwithmre.blogspot.com/) and http://mnpschihulyartlessons.blogspot.com/ . There was one other where the teacher used 9 oz. clear cups that was interesting, too, but I can't find it now.
Anyway, the other day I went to my box of recycled stuff where I had dumped my large plastic bottles and every last one of them was GONE!! Perhaps someone thought he or she was being helpful by dumping them for me -- I don't know -- but I knew I couldn't drink enough juice in the time left before we started the lesson, so I went to the 4th grades and put out the call to the kids, hoping I wouldn't get 100 large bottles!!! (I only needed 4 or 5.)
A few years ago, when visiting Seattle, I had the opportunity to see a lot of Chihuly's work (including his Bridge of Glass) and visit the Museum of Glass in Tacoma where they have a "hot shop" with guest artists making glass art. It was fascinating!! I showed my class some video clips from Dale Chihuly's website (see my gadget of Sites I Like for the link). We talked about line designs and how placing complementary colors next to each other creates contrast, and then they were off, armed with permanent markers and the clear plastic.
When the kids were finished I popped their work into a small convection oven we have at school and watched the magic happen.
After the shapes "baked and curled" I used a glue gun to attach them to the large bottle bases and "Lo and behold..."
CA Content Standard - 2.8 Use complementary colors in an original composition to show contrast and emphasis.