Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dale Chihuly!

I have quickly discovered it does not take a lot of my energy to get students motivated to begin a Dale Chihuly inspired project, his work truly speaks for itself! Every grade level is exploring his style of glassblowing and loving every minute of it. I have seen a lot of different projects on blogs and through search engines, chandeliers in particular, and almost all have really impressive results. Below I have posted a 2nd grade project that was created in once class period using permanent markers on recycled plastic water bottels... 

The starting inspiration for this project came from the blog Art Bait
For my interpretation, I left the color exploration up to the students and gave one guide line, all clear plastic must be covered...

I made a start cut in the plastic so the students could easily cut a spiral. I assembled the waterbottels around a large thick cardboard tube using a hot glue gun. We made three chandeliers in total and have gifted them to various location in the community, one being the elementary schools main office!  

More Chihuly projects to come! 


  1. LOVE these chandeliers!!! we're makin' macchia in kindergarten now...can't wait to try something new with them! thanks for the inspiration!

  2. This is FANTASTIC!!! I love it and plan to do this with my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes this year. :)

  3. OMG, so excited to see this idea! There was an AMAZING Chihuly exhibit here in Phoenix a few years back, and I took tons of photos; will use them to inspire my kinders with this AWESOME IDEA. Thanks so much for posting!

  4. Did you cut off the bottoms and would it matter what kind of water bottle you use?

  5. We did cut off the bottoms after they were colored. We used any water bottle that was donated. The cheaper the easter to cut. Any gatorade bottle or thicker plastic bottle was too hard to cut.

  6. Love this idea. How exactly did you glue the bottles to the cardboard tube? What kind of tube did you use?