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Learning Adventures: Chihuly for the Holidays

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Do you know what happens when you mix sand and fire? You get GLASS! Did you know it can also be art?

Dale Chihuly is a famous American-born glass sculptor and entrepreneur.  His work can been seen in more than 200 museums around the world, including our very own Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass. The museum’s collection represents over three decades of Chihuly’s finest work and can give you a first-hand glimpse into why Chihuly is widely renowned as one of the most important artists to work with glass.

To get an idea of how glass can be art, take a family trip to the OKCMOA to see the  museum’s permanent collection or visit www.chihuly.com to see the variety of glass forms Chihuly has created. 

Activity Directions

  • Gather clear plastic cups of different sizes and different colors of permanent markers, fine point or larger. 
  • Give each member of your family one cup and ask them to color both the inside and outside of the cup in whatever colors and patterns they prefer.
  • Place each cup on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place into a pre-heated 350 degree oven.  Turn off any convection so the cups do not blow off the cookie sheet. 
  • Bake for 45 seconds to one minute.
  • Remove the pan and let the cups cool for one minute.
  • Be sure to curate your family’s creations in a visible space so that your guests can view your art during the holiday season.

Experiment with placing smaller cups inside larger cups, placing them upside down or placing a rubber band on the cup before baking. You can also make a small hole on the side of the cup and thread a ribbon through to make a unique holiday ornament.  

DId you know?

You can enjoy a free child’s admission (up to age 12) to the OKCMOA with a paid adult admission by using MetroFamily’s exclusive Kids Pass coupon.

Activity provided by Oklahoma A+ Schools, the state’s only research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner. Learn more at www.okaplus.org.


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