5th grade art club will be coming soon!! What a great way for my older kids to experience some more advanced art materials and techniques. Check out this chandelier project from last year, which I found in an Arts and Activities magazine. This Dale Chihuly inspired project was targeted towards high school students... but I knew our amazing English Landing 5th graders could do it!!! Even I could not believe how stunning the end product would be.
Our chandelier hangs above the round table in our art room. A very special thanks to our 2011 Spring Art Club.
This project is recycled from plastic water bottles. Students cut the bottles into interesting shapes, and used a heat gun to slightly melt the bottles and give them the look of Chihuly's glass sculptures (Adult supervision needed for this part. You can get similar results using a hair dryer, and it's not as hot!). Finally students painted their sculptures with with acrylic paint, and added wire and colored cellophane for more detail. I wired the individual sculptures to a regular old hanging basket (salvaged from my mom's garden shed!) and added a string of lights to the inside. Ta-dah! Trash to treasure.
For more info on this project, reference Arts and Activities May 2010. Or just stop by the art room and I can tell you all about it!