Monday, April 18, 2011

Painted Paper Lanterns

Children ages 3-5 made these beautiful painted lanterns with me at the OKCMOA. We gathered together to take a look at the George Nelson exhibit and read a book under his bubble lamps.

In the classroom we used his lamps as an inspiration and took our paper lanterns a step further by covering them with watercolors.

Paper lanterns are pretty economical and can be purchased online or found in craft stores in a variety of shapes.

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Workstations are set up with newsprint, watercolors, brushes, paper towels and washbowls.

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Before we paint we talk about painting gently. I have each of the children use their brush without paint on the back of their hand to show me a gentle brushstroke. We are gentle so we don't break through the paper.

I removed the black and brown paint from their options and we get busy.

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We also talk about washing our brush between changing colors. We found that sometimes the paint dripped down our lanterns and that looked really neat.

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To finish we tied yarn to the top and they were ready to take home to hang up! We had so much fun.

You will need:
-Paper Lantern
-Watercolors
-Brushes

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2 comments:

Hannah- Art.Paper.Scissors.Glue! said...

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jessica Johnston said...

Love your lanterns, the shape of them is awesome! Can you tell me where you got them? Hope you had a great Easter!