In this lesson we also made stocking sculptures. I have seen these on a Pinterest and Instagram. We cheated a bit and did them in one or two sessions. Most instructions I found said to prime them several times before painting. So ours were still soft like stockings and even see through yet I didn't mind this.
Chihuly Inspired Bowls
We watched several YouTube videos on Chihuly before starting the lesson. The kids just love watching glass blowing...
What you need:
- Overhead transparencies
- Permanent markers
- Bowl to trace around
- Tin can covered in foil
- Trace around bowl with permanent marker (any colour yet advise that you might see this so get them to choose colour carefully)
- Cut out
- Colour in circle. It works best with blocks of colour rather than simple lines.
- Place on upside down tin can covered with foil
- Use heat gun to melt plastic moving around all sides (have the gun close yet not touching the plastic)
- Let cool for a few minutes and remove from can.
Tips: older children can use the heat gun themselves. Younger children can hold it with you or you can do it for them. These look great stuck to a window with blue tac.
We also made some Chihuly inspired art with muffin pans and spray watercolours..
As with most of my projects I had children aged 5-12 yrs make these so they are not just for older children which is what I usually see doing these.
What you need:
- Knee high stockings
- Blocks of wood (I just got a fence picket from the hardware store and cut into pieces)
- Wire coat hangers (recycled or from supermarket)
- Spray paint (we use sugar spray low toxic, outside with masks)
- Acrylic paint, brushes, pots, glitter
- Get the children to bend the coat hanger into a shape. You can either cut off the hooked end and use that shape or unravel the twisted bit and use that shape. Some younger children had difficulty bending the wire so I helped a bit.
- Drill one or two holes into the wood and push the coat hanger into them
- Cover wire with a stocking, pulling very tight and pull right over block of wood
- Spray paint (I limited to one colour) and let dry
- Add patterns with acrylic paint (option to add glitter too)
They are very unusual and cool.....