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The 4th grade students studied Asian Art. We look at many different varieties of Asian art and focused on Koi Fish. Koi Fish are native to Asia and mean “carp” in Japanese. In China they believe that Koi Fish bring good luck and symbolize strength. Koi fish can range anywhere from 1-3 feet in length and live up to an average of 30 years. The students learned that there was one Koi fish that was recorded to live 223 years!
Paper Plate Rabbit Make a fun rabbit craft with moveable legs out of a paper plate! This is a great project for Chinese New Year when the Year of the Rabbit comes around. read more Chinese Paper Lanterns A fun paper lantern craft for kids to decorate your home for Chinese New Year.
Inspiration: Chinese paper lanterns, The students decorated the template I gave them for the lantern with images associated with Chinese culture (i.e - Chinese dragons, calligraphy, cherry blossoms etc). The template was cut out and glued to form a box shape. We made the top and bottom from cardboard and pop sticks and created a tassle with coloured wool and a large gold bead. A handle for the top was bent from a piece of wire.
Inspiration: Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger. Grade 3 students made these tigers to celebrate Year of the Tiger. They constructed a base using a cardboard tube body, a section of egg carton for the head, pop stick legs and a pipe cleaner tail. We then covered them in a layer of paper mache.
Inspiration: Chinese style paper fans. A few years ago my grade 3 students made these Chinese style fans to celebrate Chinese New Year. Each student decorated a very long strip of paper with a Chinese inspired design of their choice.
My mum has always had a large Willow Pattern collection and the images have fascinated me for a long time. This lesson is inspired by her collection and this Willow Pattern plate activity at Activity Village. My grade 5 students first read the Willow Pattern story , viewed pieces of Willow Pattern china and then chose their own part of the story to illustrate. Their designs were transferred to paper plates and painted using fine brushes. Students had to create tints and shades to mix their own different shades of blue for painting.
The 4 th Grade students learned about the life and artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia O’Keeffe grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and has become one of today’s most famous painters. Her mother thought art was very important, so growing up O’Keeffe had many art lessons and was encouraged to go to Art College. O’Keeffe loved nature, so most of her paintings were of flowers, mountains, seashells and even animal bones.