5th gr- 2016 Improbable Baubles with the Headley-Whitney Museum


The fifth grade will work on a collaborative project with the Headley-Whitney Museum to create sculptures, write artist statements, and participate in a museum exhibition!

The Headley-Whitney Museum is home to a collection of bibelots. A bibelot (pronounced bee-bah-low) is a small, decorative object. Here are some of George Headley’s bibelots:

Like George Headley, we will create bibelots. To create our bibelots, we will turn “trash” into “treasures.” Some ideas: cereal boxes, yogurt lids, plastic baby food containers, ribbon, sequins, shells, plastic toy pieces. Keep in mind: all bibelots must be less than 12″x 12″.

So what are we doing?  Here’s a link to our rubric. Below are our level 4 requirements, examples, and steps to create your bibelot.


This is a BIG project.  Students will:

  1. Create bibelot sculptures in art.
  2. Photograph our bibelots.
  3. Write artist statements and attach our photographs to them.
  4. Vote to select artworks to be sent to the Museum.
  5. November 14: Our bibelots will be on display at the Headley-Whitney! All participating students will have their artist statement and photograph exhibited.  Opening reception November 19, from 1:00-3:00.

The theme this year is fairy tales. Want to know more? Here are some resources: