September 20, 2010

Chihuly "ing" with 2nd Grade - Ikebanas

Ikebanas are the perfect Chihuly project for my 2nd graders!  With our flowers & vase projects over the past few weeks....this is a natural next step. 

This is what my students created today...and we'll add a bit more next week(probably using acrylic paint).  They cut a water bottle in half to begin with.  Then they glued the tissue paper on(much like the 3rd & 4th grade project).  They then used pipe cleaners & construction paper to create the plant form. 
They are very bright...very fun! 

 If you are not familiar with the are to images from the St. Louis show.


  1. Every time I visit you make me want to get back to teaching...and elementary of all crazy things! You know how much I did not want that even 15 years ago!! I have no words for the brightness you bring to my day, now if I could just get my sons art teacher to do anything more involved then crayons and one annual clay piece.

  2. I am so glad I found your blog. It's great to see things from a male art teacher working in the lower grades perspective. I teach art privately to groups of students per-k through high school. I am totally thinking about your Chihuly piece. I have seen his work at the Jocyln in Omaha and the Glass House in Chicago. Check out my blog if your want

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. Thanks so much! I love what I do...and I believe that translates to the kids!!