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Re: [art_education] Chihuly faux glass art project/Niijima Floats

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  • MARYANN KOHL
    For little kids, we do something that is not any where as cool as melting water bottles. They color on ping pong balls to go with his Niijima Floats, which is
    Message 1 of 10 , May 3, 2010
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      For little kids, we do something that is not any where as cool as melting water bottles.
      They color on ping pong balls to go with his Niijima Floats, which is glass balls floating  
      on water in a garden. They use crayons, permanent markers, and craypas.

      The kids next decorate a pan with rocks and moss and so on, fill it with water, 
      and then float the colorful ping pong balls in the "garden".
      It's a very easy and fun project for the younger kids to do...well really for anyone.
      I have this idea as one of the art activities in "Great American Artists for Kids".
      You can see the full color pictures of what kids have done and of Chihuly's work too.
      By the way, Dale Chihuly LOVE LOVE LOVED the ping pong garden idea, 
      which made me happy.

      You can see a huge jpg of Chihuly's Niijima Floats here:
      http://www.virtualherbarium.org/Chihuly/images/LARGE/Niijima-Floats,-1992-1997.jpg


      M
      aryAnn F.
       Kohl
      author, presenter & educational consultant



      On May 3, 2010, at 2:41 PM, MarciaB wrote:

      So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles. The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my health? 

    • maureen m
      I m working on something now with plastic water bottles. You cut off the bottom, paint the outside with acrylic paints and let dry. Cut into petal shapes and
      Message 2 of 10 , May 3, 2010
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        I'm working on something now with plastic water bottles. You cut off the bottom, paint the outside with acrylic paints and let dry. Cut into petal shapes and bend back. You can cut the petals into alot of different shapes, straight, rounded, curved... they look really cool grouped together. And no heating required!

        --- On Mon, 5/3/10, MarciaB <marciadotcom@...> wrote:

        From: MarciaB <marciadotcom@...>
        Subject: [art_education] Chihuly faux glass art project
        To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Monday, May 3, 2010, 4:41 PM

         

        So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles. The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my health?

      • Cheryl Hancock
        First of all I would do it outside with plenty of air movement. The other plan was done with Shrinky Dinks there was a lesson plan on
        Message 3 of 10 , May 3, 2010
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          First of all I would do it outside with plenty of air movement. The other plan was done with Shrinky Dinks there was a lesson plan on 


          I did a search using Chilhuly sculpture lesson and these were two of the first lesson that came up.

          Good luck. I wa also want to have a go at this my self - I just need to get the materials like this in Australia if possible. I am also going to try laminating sheets ie run them through the laminator first and then try a heat gun to shape.
          Cheers Cheryl Hancock
          Perth Australia

          On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:41 AM, MarciaB <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
           

          So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles. The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my health?




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          Cooper, Dior and Charisma
          Perth Australia
        • MarciaB
          Thanks for the ideas! I did a google search last night too and found the water bottles with the bent back flower petals. I think we are going to try that one.
          Message 4 of 10 , May 4, 2010
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            Thanks for the ideas! I did a google search last night too and found the water bottles with the bent back flower petals. I think we are going to try that one.

            --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Cheryl Hancock <hancock.ca@...> wrote:
            >
            > First of all I would do it outside with plenty of air movement. The other
            > plan was done with Shrinky Dinks there was a lesson plan on
            > http://marymaking.blogspot.com/2010/02/dale-chihuly-inspired-sculpture.html
            > <http://marymaking.blogspot.com/2010/02/dale-chihuly-inspired-sculpture.html>
            > http://cdn.dickblick.com/lessonplans/classroom-chihuly/classroom-chihuly-chihuly.pdf
            >
            >
            > <http://cdn.dickblick.com/lessonplans/classroom-chihuly/classroom-chihuly-chihuly.pdf>I
            > did a search using Chilhuly sculpture lesson and these were two of the first
            > lesson that came up.
            >
            > Good luck. I wa also want to have a go at this my self - I just need to get
            > the materials like this in Australia if possible. I am also going to try
            > laminating sheets ie run them through the laminator first and then try a
            > heat gun to shape.
            > Cheers Cheryl Hancock
            > Perth Australia
            >
            > On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:41 AM, MarciaB <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
            >
            > >
            > >
            > > So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that
            > > looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles.
            > > The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the
            > > plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all
            > > the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I
            > > tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the
            > > fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone
            > > have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my
            > > health?
            > >
            > >
            > >
            >
            >
            >
            > --
            > Cheryl Hancock
            > Cooper, Dior and Charisma
            > Perth Australia
            >
          • Chezza
            The May 2007 Arts and activities magazine also had an article on this. So does the may 2010 edition ( available online in digital) As I am in Australia , they
            Message 5 of 10 , May 4, 2010
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              The May 2007 Arts and activities magazine also had an article on this. So does the may 2010 edition ( available online in digital) As I am in Australia , they dont send back issues to us. Is any one able to scan and email me a copy of those pages in the 2007 may edition.
              Cheryl H.
              Perth Australia
              --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, "MarciaB" <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
              >
              > So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles. The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my health?
              >
            • James Cipalla
              I do a project where we use small pieces of tissue paper and watered down glue - we turn large bowls upside down , cover them with plastic (saran wrap), then
              Message 6 of 10 , May 4, 2010
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                I do a project where we use small pieces of tissue paper and watered down glue - we turn large bowls upside down , cover them with plastic (saran wrap), then "paint" them with the watered down glue and pieces of tissue paper - just a thin layer works well and the bleeding tissue paper works best. When they dry they pop right off and look very much like glass - they can be trimmed and added too as well.



                Namaste,

                Jim Cipalla

                Art Teacher,
                North side Middle School
                Norfolk,Virginia
                JCipalla@...

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              • Cheryl Hancock
                I did my experiment this week using laminating sheets and a heat gun ( my hair dryer was too cool). I tore up pieces of painted tissue paper left over from
                Message 7 of 10 , May 11, 2010
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                  I did my experiment this week using laminating sheets and a heat gun ( my hair dryer  was too cool). I tore up pieces of painted tissue paper left over from Eric Carle activity  and placed them in a laminating pouch. I ran it through the laminator . I then cut out a circular flower sort of shape . I then pinched it together in the centre to start forming up a flower shape. Using a pair of BBQ tongs held it and applied the heat.. I got the effect I wanted at a very cheap price.
                  Warning - heat gun quite hot - not for kids to operate - not too smelly-
                  I could imagine enclosing very fine wire or gold thread in a circular spiral pattern along with torn spirals of paper etc in the laminating pouch. Will send images when back at work next week and have completed some more experiments.
                  Cheryl H
                  Visual Arts Specialist
                  Beeliar Primary School
                  Perth Australia
                   
                   
                   
                  On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:41 AM, MarciaB <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
                   

                  So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles. The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my health?




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                  Cheryl Hancock
                  Cooper, Dior and Charisma
                  Perth Australia
                • aliteachesart
                  I did some experiments too- I took water bottles (the plastic kind made with corn is easier to cut) and cut them like sea weed or anemones and painted them
                  Message 8 of 10 , May 11, 2010
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                    I did some experiments too-

                    I took water bottles (the plastic kind made with corn is easier to cut) and cut them like sea weed or anemones and painted them with acrylic paint mixed with mod podge. When they dried the paint was translucent, like glass paint. It was quite stinky, so I might mix the paint with gel medium instead. I'm going to make a group instillation with first graders. We're also going to paint apple sauce and pudding cups, and paint on clear laminated scraps then cut out spirals. Ali k-4, who is loving the inspiration of this group :)


                    --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Cheryl Hancock <hancock.ca@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > I did my experiment this week using laminating sheets and a heat gun ( my
                    > hair dryer was too cool). I tore up pieces of painted tissue paper left
                    > over from Eric Carle activity and placed them in a laminating pouch. I ran
                    > it through the laminator . I then cut out a circular flower sort of shape .
                    > I then pinched it together in the centre to start forming up a flower shape.
                    > Using a pair of BBQ tongs held it and applied the heat.. I got the effect I
                    > wanted at a very cheap price.
                    > Warning - heat gun quite hot - not for kids to operate - not too smelly-
                    > I could imagine enclosing very fine wire or gold thread in a circular spiral
                    > pattern along with torn spirals of paper etc in the laminating pouch. Will
                    > send images when back at work next week and have completed some more
                    > experiments.
                    > Cheryl H
                    > Visual Arts Specialist
                    > Beeliar Primary School
                    > Perth Australia
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:41 AM, MarciaB <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that
                    > > looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles.
                    > > The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the
                    > > plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all
                    > > the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I
                    > > tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the
                    > > fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone
                    > > have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my
                    > > health?
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > --
                    > Cheryl Hancock
                    > Cooper, Dior and Charisma
                    > Perth Australia
                    >
                  • Cheryl Hancock
                    I would like to know more about the plastic bottles made from corn _ I dont think we have them here in Australia . But may have something else that would be
                    Message 9 of 10 , May 11, 2010
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                      I would like to know more about the plastic bottles made from corn  _ I dont think  we have them here in Australia  . But may have something else that would be easy for students to work with. It would be lovely if we could all share the photos over the next couple of weeks. I will get onto mine in the next week ( had car broken into last night and need to sort that out ( day off school) today. I am also away for the weekend.  I will get my student helper to experiment more on Thursday.

                      What a great project this .
                      Cheryl H
                      Beeliar Primary School
                      Perth Western Australia

                      On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 3:31 AM, aliteachesart <abenton@...> wrote:
                       

                      I did some experiments too-

                      I took water bottles (the plastic kind made with corn is easier to cut) and cut them like sea weed or anemones and painted them with acrylic paint mixed with mod podge. When they dried the paint was translucent, like glass paint. It was quite stinky, so I might mix the paint with gel medium instead. I'm going to make a group instillation with first graders. We're also going to paint apple sauce and pudding cups, and paint on clear laminated scraps then cut out spirals. Ali k-4, who is loving the inspiration of this group :)



                      --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Cheryl Hancock <hancock.ca@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > I did my experiment this week using laminating sheets and a heat gun ( my
                      > hair dryer was too cool). I tore up pieces of painted tissue paper left
                      > over from Eric Carle activity and placed them in a laminating pouch. I ran
                      > it through the laminator . I then cut out a circular flower sort of shape .
                      > I then pinched it together in the centre to start forming up a flower shape.
                      > Using a pair of BBQ tongs held it and applied the heat.. I got the effect I
                      > wanted at a very cheap price.
                      > Warning - heat gun quite hot - not for kids to operate - not too smelly-
                      > I could imagine enclosing very fine wire or gold thread in a circular spiral
                      > pattern along with torn spirals of paper etc in the laminating pouch. Will
                      > send images when back at work next week and have completed some more
                      > experiments.
                      > Cheryl H
                      > Visual Arts Specialist
                      > Beeliar Primary School
                      > Perth Australia
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:41 AM, MarciaB <marciadotcom@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > So I saw in an art teacher magazine about a collaborative project that
                      > > looks like a Chihuly glass sculpture, but uses melted plastic water bottles.
                      > > The steps say to heat the plastic with a heat gun and then shape the
                      > > plastic. Later, you paint the plastic and let dry. Then, you assemble all
                      > > the kids' pieces into one large sculpture. The project looks gorgeous! So I
                      > > tried to melt the water bottles and I started feeling nauseous from the
                      > > fumes. I don't think I could do it for a whole class of kids. Does anyone
                      > > have any other ideas to make a faux-glass sculpture without risking my
                      > > health?
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > --
                      > Cheryl Hancock
                      > Cooper, Dior and Charisma
                      > Perth Australia
                      >




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