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Imaginations take flight: elementary. (Clip Card).

Significant Problem

Our community has an annual summer hot air balloon fest. To recall and celebrate this local tradition, students are challenged to recreate their own miniature versions of hot air balloons.

Essential Concepts

1. Learning how to create a three-dimensional representation of a hot air balloon.

2. Applying the elements of color, contrast, and the notice of whimsy in the design of their balloons.

Materials 12 x 18" (31 x 46 cm) white drawing paper, pencils, colored pencils, template pattern of hot air balloon shape, newspaper, brown paper towels, tag-board, wheat paste, 12" balloons, tempera paint, brushes, markers, string, small paper or plastic cups, awl

Guiding Practice

Trace a hot air balloon template on a sheet of paper. Use colored pencils to make a plan for details, colors, and patterns. Encourage whimsical use of ears, noses, beaks, tails, and other creative additions. Blow up balloons. Form a 3" circle from an 8" strip of tagboard (about 2" wide). Attach this ring to the bottom of the balloon. Cover the form with torn newspaper strips dipped in wheat paste. Use brown paper towel for the final layer. Add relief details to the balloon. Cut a small cup to the desired size for the basket, and cover it with three layers of papler mache. Apply a base coat of tempera color. Draw details on the balloon and basket. Use an awl to punch four evenly spaced holes around the top of the basket and the base of the balloon. Tie the basket to the balloon at these four points. Use tagboard and markers or soft air-dry modeling clay to make animals or people inside the basket.

Assessing Learning

1. Did students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their ideas?

2. How successfully did students use a variety of easily accessible materials?

3. How effectively did students use color and contrast?

ClipCard submitted by Christine Salerno-McLaughlin, an elementary art teacher at St. Daniel School in Syracuse, New York.
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Author:Salerno-McLaughlin, Christine
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Date:Dec 1, 2002
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