Actually, we did NOT use real chairs. We built everythng from
cardboard and paper tubes (especially mailing tubes.) We taped it all
off to keep the cardboard from warping, then papier mached them. LOADS
of fun. I got moms to come in to help supervise the cutting. We had a
mitre saw, a drill, a skill saw, and x-acto knives with cutting matts
under them. We used a TON of hot glue. I used Art Cars as inspiration,
as well as some thematic houses in the Houston area. The whole project
took about a quarter, perhaps a bit more, but it involved drawing,
writing, planning, precise cutting, mixed media, a ton of craftsmanship,
and problem solving creativity. The taping off neatly is the most
painstaking part. Kids absolutely loved this project. I will do it
again some day, but took this year off to build wooden animals with
Oaxacan style painting, add a mask unit, and take on a mosaics unit.
The only problem with the chairs, as complex as they are, as creative
and fabulous as they are, is that there have been other projects I was
dying to do for the past several years that I simply did not have time
for. We're trying some new ideas this year, but I can't say enough
great things about how much fun the chairs were.
Visit our Students' Art Gallery at St. John's School: www.sjs.org,
click on Fine Arts, Click on Lower and 6th Grade Art Gallery.