As part of our contract, teachers in my district get 1 full day each year to spend observing another teacher either in or out of district. Last year I had taken a half day to visit a veteran teacher with over 20 years of experience who had been the previous art teacher in what is now my room before I came on board. She is still teaching, but at a different school within the district. This lesson was one I noticed she had done with her 4th or 5th graders and was displayed in the halls. I instantly fell in love with it, and I'm pretty sure you will too!
When completed, we cut the shades out, backed them with tinfoil, and then made symmetrical bases out of colored construction paper. As part of learning about glass as an artistic medium I showed students a video from YouTube on glass blowing and we discussed the difference between translucent and opaque. Students had a great time with this lesson and some even constructed bases that could stand up using poster board.
I'll have more pictures and a bulletin board of these posted soon!