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Tissue Paper Bowls



I have done this lesson a few times and usually relate it to Dale Chihuly’s Macchias. There are a few Macchias in the Mingei collection and they are occasionally on view.

I had the opportunity over the summer to go to Chihuly Gardens in Seattle and it was amazing. I loved the boat and all the dramatic lighting.

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I did these tissue bowls with my K/1 combo class-there are only 16 students and they come with 2 helpers so it is fairly easy to do some amazing and more complex lessons with these little artists.


This child only had one layer so it is very delicate and fragile but looks so pretty.49098836.jpgI used paper bowls covered in plastic wrap and they used diluted glue to add layers of tissue. The directions were to add 4 layers of tissue. Most did that for some great results. Those with less layers have a thinner more delicate bowl. 49098870.jpg49098891.jpg49098882.jpg


Tissue Paper Collage



Laurie Kmen is a favorite of mine. I love the texture and the colors she chooses for her art.

She often has her studio open during First Friday Liberty Station. When I saw her earlier this month, she was doing a community art piece. I learned that she used to be an art teacher.

A few weeks ago, a family donated a large box of colored tissue paper. I wanted  a lesson to use it with. Students always love to see their donations at work in the art room and this donation was not exception. The students began by looking at Laurie’s work. We discussed the work (texture, layers, mixed media, etc.) . Then they began working.


They could create an abstract piece or a landscape. I showed them how to spread glue with a paint brush. Students also learned that layering creates different colors and textures and that different result is seen when you tear the paper rather than cut the paper. The biggest struggle was not wrinkling the paper when they spread the glue.


I think they came out rather nice. I love that they are all different and unique.

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