Wednesday, January 4, 2012

(G2,G3) Creating in the style of Tomas Saraceno (Part I)

Students looked at the work of Tomas Saraceno, and they loved his giant webs.
We learned that Tomas Saraceno is an artist, inventor, scientist, and an engineer.
We discussed how the spiderweb is an enduring motif in his work.
He selected a species of black-window spider and fed them flies and crickets through the winter so that they  could start spinning their webs.
He wanted to recreate an exact replica of a web. He said: "Try to go to the corner of the room an see all
the spiderweb at once. You never can really see it; some parts are missing because the light doesn't hit in the right angles."

The artist Tomas Saraceno

Using rulers and pencils to create our little webs.
The pencil drawings will be used in the creation of the actual web project

 Our drawings will be the blue print for our web design.

  Following our pencil design, we used push pins to create holes on a thick piece of paper.

We placed the glue on top of our holes and pushed our pins in.
Learning how to use a hot glue gun responsibly was part of this process.

Based on our drawings, we started creating our little webs.

The challenge was to wrap the yarn twice around each pin.

Tomas Saraceno

Following the lines in our drawings in designing our webs was challenging.

Tomas Saraceno


  1. These are so neat!
    This artist has a show at the Kemper Museum in Saint Louis right now!

  2. cool, I've been wanting to try something like this for awhile and I love that you tied in an artist.

  3. Holy patience makes a great work! Arianna

  4. Learning Art is really about exploring exiting ideas and spinning them into new ideas !
    .. I think !!!!

  5. Marillena, my friend,Xronia polla kai kala!!!happy new year to you and your family!! Congratulations for your artwork!!! You know Greeks!!!kisses, filakia, from Greece!!

  6. Beautiful compositions, like school and I have made ​​some good memories, develops much creativity and are very encouraging. I wish you a happy and prosperous new year 2012.

  7. FYI - I nominated your blog as a favorite at The Art of Education. There is a poll being taken and I shared that your blog is always fresh and inspiring.

  8. Incredible what inspires the imagination, these highly original work.

    Buon anno!!!!!!!

  9. Hello, Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School.

      Your excellent shot enhances charm still more.
      It is very sweet scene.

      I thank for your kindness.
    I wish You all the best. ruma ❃

  10. This is what learning looks like!