BIAA Flexible Glass Sculptures Class 1, Young Historians and Gymnastics 2-20-13

Today was a busy day, as you can probably guess from the title.  We started out with our first of three “Flexible Glass Sculptures” class at the Butler.  The kids learned about a contemporary artist named Dale Chihuly who does some really interesting things with glass. 

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They were drawn to Chihuly because (1) he is from Tacoma, where my brother lives (and which we visited in 2011), and (2) he studied in Venice, which we visited last fall.  Amazingly, there is a big exhibit of his work in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Guess where we’re going in April?  Looks like a stop at the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center is in order!

While Dale works with actual glass, Mrs. George needed to improvise (no glass-blowing equipment on hand in our studio, unfortunately).

First, she had the kids create wire forms out of lightweight aluminium.   O7 made a heart and a pile of cotton candy.

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Next, they laid the wire forms on a plastic sheet protector that had been cut open and spread out. They then “filled” their wire form with Pebeo Arti-Stick.

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The arti’stick application requires no water or brush, it is surprisingly simple; depending on the pressure, the nozzle of the plastic tube can easily draw lines or allow for filling in larger, solid areas.

The colors are dry 24 hours after application, and result in a strong, lightfast film once dry which may be applied and repositioned on most slick, non-porous surfaces

Here’s one that Mrs. George did ahead of time, which has dried completely. It sticks to the wire and can be gently repositioned as you like. The kids all said it felt like a Fruit Roll Up.

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Here are O7’s finished (but not dry) heart and cotton candy sculptures:

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S8 made a pretzel wand, a snowman, and a flower:

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For reference, the wire they used:

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After art, we stopped at Peaberry’s for a quick lunch, then the older girls (S8 and A8) went to their Young Historians club meeting.

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Today they were talking about the executive branch and the Cabinet. S8’s homework involves making a poster of the Cabinet and which departments are represented. She also has to make a flip book of the remaining Amendments to the Constitution (14 and up).

In the evening, we went to our gymnastics classes. O7 did a lot of work on floor and the tumble track. S8’s class seemed to hang out on beam for most of their time.

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