Designing art projects that kids love is one of my favorite things to do. And it just so happens that the Olympics are my favorite thing to watch. I’m a BIG figure skating fan and will admit to being completely neurotic while watching the coverage. Olympic art projects filled my mind immediately.
When the 1976 Olympics were hosted in Montreal, it was my first experience with the glory of the games. My fifth grade class worked all year long on a binder filled with Olympic projects. I loved the variety of projects we did to celebrate the sports, motto and countries of the game. So when one of the Sparkers in The Sparklers Club asked about an Olympic-themed project, I jumped into the conversation and promised to come up with something.
Garnering inspiration from the Olympic pins from the 2014 Sochi games, I went to work devising a plan on how teachers of children in grades 3-7 could breakdown the project. The result is an opportunity to combine geometric shapes and painted paper into a colorful sports icon.
Here’s what you’ll need:
– 12″ x 9″ white paper
– Painted paper scraps (approx 5″ x 5″) divided into colors
– Small plastic condiment cup for tracing head shape
– Colored markers
– Glue stick
Here is a video I did on my regular Thursday afternoon Facebook Live’s over at the Deep Space Sparkle Facebook page.
To download the Olympic art PDF that includes graphics for the Winter Olympic Sports, scroll down below and just click on the image, add your name and email and we’ll email it to you.
WHAT TO DO:
Ask students to choose ONE color family and ONE sports icon. Set trays of various colors of painted paper, colored paper and craft paper on a table. Students should select 4-5 papers in various colors in the same color family.
Use the Salsa cup to trace a circle for the head. This step is very important as it sets the size for the rest of the project.
Place head shape on white paper. Set a larger sheet of paper beside it. Look at the icon you have chosen (downhill skiing, skating, etc) and observe where the body lies in relationship to the head. Cut a rectangle about 1 ½ ” wide by 4″ long. This is not an exact measurement only a guide.
Place body rectangle on the appropriate angle next to the head.
Select another piece of paper. This time lay the paper down near the body. Look at the icon and observe the direction of the legs. Observe how one part of the leg is parallel to at least one side of the white background paper edge.
Cut out two legs and two arms. It’s important to look at the icon graphics to observe how long the legs or arms are compared to the body. This is the valuable part of the project. Instead of guessing, have children consider the length and how the lengths relate to each other.
Are the arms straight or bent?
Do the legs move past the head?
Arrange body parts until the right angle is achieved. It’s okay to cut new body parts if needed.
Round the sharp corners of the body parts with scissors. Make any adjustment to the length.
Glue legs first, then body, arms and finally the head.
With a colored marker, draw ski poles, skate blades or any line that is too small to cut with a shape.
Add decorative patterns over the painted or colored paper.
OLYMPIC SPORTS ICONS!
To download the Olympic art PDF that includes graphics for the Winter Olympic Sports, just click on the image below, add your name and email and we’ll email it to you.