Introduction to a great artist and our field trip

I introduced the children to the works of an artist named Dale Chihuly. We examined his works and learned how he became an artist. We watched videos of how Chihuly interacted with his medium and experimented with colour and form while creating beautiful chandeliers and Macchias.

I hoped to inspire creativity and use of different mediums and materials to create art and sculptures. I encouraged them to discuss artworks and sculptures, and speculate about the materials used to make them.

Sprouting Minds Learning Centre arranged a trip to the Loafing Shed Glass Studio, where we had the pleasure to see Robert Gary Parkes; a master glassblower. The children explored an interactive display on “The Art & Science of Glassblowing”.  The display allowed them to see the specialized tools that are required to safely handle molten glass, observe and explore various forms of clear and coloured glass, and learn about the chemistry of how glass gets its colour.  Robert demonstrated the glass blowing process and the techniques used while he worked with molten glass and explained the importance of teamwork in glassblowing.

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After the field trip, children were encouraged to draw, construct, dramatize and discuss what they learned at the field trip. They were asked to draw what they learned. We talked about recycling, re-using and re-purposing materials as well as making art with recycled materials.

Inspired by Dale Chihuly’s art work, we painted and transformed plastic bottles and created a hanging chandelier sculpture that was installed in our classroom.

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We coloured plastic cups and melted them to create glass like unique sculptures.

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Inspired by Dale Chihuly’s Macchias, children were encouraged to use their observation and inquiry skills to examine images and use markers to colour coffee filters. The filters were then sprayed with starch to create our version of the Macchias. Children also created their own Macchias from clay.

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Furthermore to discuss the subject of Recycling, reusing and re-purposing; the children were shown what it means to reduce waste. They were provided with examples of things that can be recycled such as glass bottles, plastic bottles, cereal boxes, newspapers, magazines etc. The children were also prompted to think of ways items could be reused in class.

Children used such materials to make guitars and a garden in a box.

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They also enjoyed painting a cardboard castle.

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Children were encouraged to create sketches of robots. Their first step was to plan their sculpture and create a drawing of it. They were then given materials (tin cans, nuts, bolts, bottle caps, sponges etc.) to create their robot sculptures based on their drawings. Their imagination and creativity is mind blowing.

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