And the Next Project Is…. Chihuly???

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Yes,  we will be studying the work of Dale Chihuly.  Mr. Chihuly is a glass artist and his work is magnificent!  If you have been in the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha Nebraska,  you have probably seen one of his beautiful glass blown chandeliers.  The colors are indescribable.  If you have not yet seen his work,  I highly encourage you to try to visit the Joslyn in the near future to make this artist and his work come to life for your child.  You will not be disappointed.

As part of our studies,  we will be making large hanging sculptures at both Inman and Washington in the style of the Chihuly chandeliers.  We are going to need to collect clear water/pop bottles,  clear plastic plates,  and we will need lots of permanent colored markers.  The bottles can also be colored,  but must be transparent,  such as a green 7-Up or Sprite bottle.   If you have any of these items that you would be willing to donate,  it would be much appreciated.

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Eveready Battery Cityscapes, The Plant is Gone, But Not Forgotten!

The Eveready Battery Plant ran operations in Red Oak, Iowa from 1948-1994. When the plant closed 18 years ago,  there were lots of  really cool things that were no longer needed.  When I became the K-4 art teacher,  I found loads of “good stuff” from the Eveready plant in my supply closet.  I told the students a little bit about the plant, since it was a rich part of Red Oak’s history.

This past week,  the 3rd graders at Inman Primary have been learning about cityscapes.  A cityscape is an artistic view of a city or town.   After much thought,  I decided to use some “honeycomb”   cardboard we inherited from who knows where for our land and the empty 2A battery casings from Eveready for our “buildings” in our cityscapes.  We also used paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls as large “towers” in our city.

Although our cities are not yet complete,  we wanted to give you a sneak peek at what we are in the process of creating.  Hope you have as much fun looking at them as we are having creating them!

Piggies with Attitude!

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Our 4th grade students are currently working with clay.  This is one of their favorite highlights of the year.  We have been constructing piggy banks.  To do this,  first,  they hade to make 2 pinch pots.  They scored around the edges of the pots and then applied “slip” or watered down clay.  This will help “glue”  the 2 pieces together.  Once we join these we have a hollow, clay sphere.  Next,  we add our ears, eyes and other details that create its “attitude”.

After this step is completed,  we have to allow our pieces to dry.  Once they are dry,  Mrs. Euken will transport our pigs to the kiln or “clay oven” to be fired.  This means they will be baked at a really high temperature for a long time.  When they come out they will l be hard and we can paint them.

Please plan on coming to our art show on February 7th so you can see our awesome “Pigs With Attitude”.