Chihuly Sculpture Lesson – Mobile

Chihuly Sculpture LessonChihuly Sculpture Lesson

Dale Chihuly is an amazing glass artist! Glass blowing is mesmerizing to watch and takes such an incredible amount of skill to create! I have SO much respect for this medium! This project was inspired by MaryMaking: Dale Chihuly Inspired Sculpture. Her art class used Shrinky Dink paper to create the glass look-genius!

I wanted to create a hanging mobile so my after school art class used CLEAR Solo cups and bowls to create our mobile, the children LOVED to watch the plastic warp and distort before their eyes!

Supplies: Solo cups & bowls (1 bowl/2 cups per child), metal paper clips, Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, Bic Mark-It Fine Point Permanent Markers 12/Pkg-Assorted Colors, (optional) Shrinky Dinks Crystal Clear 10 Sheet Creative Pack


  1. Learn about Dale Chihuly – Biography from his website.
  2. View examples of Dale Chihuly Glass artwork
  3. Watch Video on Chihuly Glass blowing.  Erica Hill Takes a Lesson in Glass Blowing
  4. Class discussion:
    1. What does his artwork remind you of?
    2. Is glass blowing a single person art medium or do you need more than one person to create glass works?
    3. How do you feel about sharing the creative process with another person?
    4. What colors work best with glass blowing?


  1. Use permanent markers to draw designs & patterns on bowls & cups ( it’s best to tell the kids to limit the number of colors they use to 3-4 & just reuse these colors). You can also use Shrinky Dink paper cut into strips, then wrap them around dowel rods for spirals!

Chihuly Sculpture Lesson

2. Cut one of the cups vertically about every 1 inch.

Chihuly Sculpture Lesson

3. Use an exactly knife to punch a small hole for the paper clip to go through, straighten paper clips, leaving one end curled

Chihuly Sculpture Lesson

Chihuly Sculpture Lesson

4. Teacher uses heat gun to melt & warp/distort the cups & bowls (Grades 3rd+ helped with the heat gun more)

Chihuly Sculpture Lesson

5. Use colored wire or string to assemble sculpture.


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