Oh, how I love when a project comes together as I envisioned, but is also completely child-driven. These Chihuly Inspired Process Art Sculptures look incredible and are the perfect project for toddlers and elementary students. Even tweens and teens will want to get in on this one. I love finding inspiration from professional artists and then challenging myself to figure out unique ways to make an activity kid-friendly. The best part of these incredible sculptures is that they only require two materials. Let the fun begin!
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WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE CHIHULY INSPIRED PROCESS ART SCULPTURES
HOW TO MAKE THE CHIHULY INSPIRED PROCESS ART SCULPTURES
Prior to introducing the activity organize the materials by setting out a slab of clay on a small piece of cardboard for each child. Using cardboard under the clay allows for an easy transfer. Cut the plastic straws in half with a scissor and place a variety out on the table.
Remind children that the clay will harden and the straws will stick in place. Encourage children to put as many or as few straws in the clay as they would like. This is their work and vision.
As children work focus the dialog on the different ways the straws move, the shapes that form and the colors they choose. Once the clay dries (it will take a few days) you can paint the clay or leave it natural.