Monday, September 30, 2013

Installation work

 This is a project that accumulated from the first picture.  My students are not very thoughtful when cutting paper or resourceful, everything has to be new and if there is any damage to a paper they need a new one.   So this project was created to use all of the scrap you see in the first picture.
I came up with the idea of using Dale Chihuly as my inspiration, because of his instillation work, In particular this work, with flowers over head.  I put together a powerpoint of other artist who do instillation work to show the students to get them motivated for this work.
We took all of the scraps, Art Paste, and styrofoam bowls and started creating our own bowls/flowers.  (I didnt want to use the word flowers very much to keep the boys motivated)
The students dipped the scraps in the art paste and then layered it onto the bowls, the next day once they had dried the bowls popped right out of the bowls and the students trimmed the edges, then began work on another.  When they were all done we talked about where to place this instillation and had come up with the place between the cafeteria and the gym where almost every student walks.  The students were really impressed when it was displayed and I got down to a small box of confetti like scraps.


  1. This is really cool! How did you attach it to the ceiling? Did you use tape?

  2. No I actually used clear push pins and pinned them up there. They are pretty light if the students only do one layer.

  3. what kind of art paste did you use? the bowls are very pretty! what grade did you do the lesson with?

  4. awesome idea! for future...i tell the kids if its crumpled up or smaller than the palm of their hand, it goes in the recycling bin NOT the scrap box!