Friday, April 1, 2011

Multicultural Art: Chinese Dragons

We have a multicultural theme happening with our Art Classes currently, it's fabulous!

There are so many wonderful ideas and variations within the art experience, just by looking further afield.

So much to be learnt through a simple piece of art.

This week it was China and Chinese Dragons.

The artwork chosen to complete varies depending on the age group of the class so B and K's are very different, but both inspiring.

Upper primary: 8 - 12 years, hand drew theirs, outline with oil pastels and finished off with water colour.

Lower primary group created Chinese Dragon Egg Carton puppets. So simple but they look great and the kids can run around flying them through the air, like the dragons they have seen at during Chinese New Year celebrations.

Click on the image to enlarge and you should be able to figure it out if you wish to recreate. But basically it is half an egg carton, you place your hands in the cut open end for the puppet. The dragon's eyes are two egg holders cut from the carton and attached towards the back of the puppet.

His nose and flames/beard are hand drawn and cut from construction paper. In the example the flames were attached so they were flowing backwards but K wanted hers to head up.

The dragons' tale is simply a piece of tissue paper, cut to size and rounded at the end. With Oil Pastels draw scales and glue to the back of the carton. You place your hand under the tail and into the carton to use the puppet.

Once again, we are in for another great year of LHEN Art Classes.


Raising a Happy Child said...

This sounds like a great class! Both projects look awesome.

April said...

Both gorgeous creations! B's drawing is amazing, I wish I could draw like that...

The Adventurer said...

My daughter loves these:) She is obsessed with all dragons and can tell the difference from Eastern and Western dragons. She would have loved this class:)

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