My principal recently asked me to come up with a few fun art lessons that we can relate to math and our annual "Pi Day" on 3/14. I decided to take an abstract approach to this and think about the art of circles in general and the students can relate what they have learned in math to this project.
With that being said... this is an editable powerpoint presentation that is 11 slides long. 1 of the slides is a printable worksheet that can be used as a do now / bell work, sketching / planning sheet or a worksheet for a student who finishes early. Another slide is an "Agenda and Objectives" slide that my principal loves to see when he comes into my classroom. The rest of the slides include information on the artist Dale Chihuly, pictures of his artwork, and then a list of materials needed to complete the project with pictures. Feel free to edit the text to work for your classroom.
This project is a huge hit for kids of all ages. The students draw with sharpies and permanent markers on plastic (#6) cups. After the students are finished coloring, you place the cups in a toaster oven or regular oven for a minute or less. The cups then melt into a medallion form (sort of like a shrinky dink effect). Super fun for the kids to watch. I typically take the pieces and hot glue them into a collaborative piece!
Enjoy and please rate and review.