I love paper: craft paper, painted paper, wrapping paper, colored paper…I love it all! In my art room, students make their own painted paper all the time. As a result, we have loads of extra paper scraps that I can’t bear to throw out. The next five art lessons turn my paper scraps into beautiful works of art.
The 23-page Fun with Paper booklet is designed for grades K-5.
Ship-Shape Sailboats and Houses
Based on the book Ship-Shapes by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Siobhan Bell. Kinders turn rectangles, trapezoids and triangles into a pretty seascape. Older kids can take the lesson a step farther and use the same shapes to create a fishing village along a wharf. A colored handout provides the steps.
Based on the book Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert. Children cut organic shapes and turn them into strange little sea creatures! Handouts and step-by-step photo tutorials provide the inspiration and know-how.
Folk Art Houses
Recreate the beautiful art of Karla Gerard, an abstract/folk artist from Maine. Children have fun creating patterns and lines with paint and pastel and cut whimsical houses from paper scraps. Use the Karla Gerard inspired handout as a guide.
Adapted from a project in Usborne Activities 365 Things to Draw and Paint. My adaptation shows you step-by-step how to create the Swiss style architecture with paper. Super fun and super colorful!
Ship-Shape Sailboats: How to make sailboats, tug boats and fish from paper scraps
Paper-Cut Fish: How to create whimsical fish from paper scraps
Folk Art Patterns & Shapes Drawing Guide
Swiss Chalets: Steps to create a paper chalet
These lesson provide a burst of color to your art room while teaching important art concepts: Shapes, Composition, Color and an Introduction to Folk Art.
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