Kite-Nouveau

Why

Bring on the sun with this decorative paisley kite. Create the luscious look of Art Nouveau with Crayola® Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons.


Steps

1. Look at the artwork of Gustav Klimt and other artists who created in the Art Nouveau style. They used intricate patterns in their work, including paisley designs and other methods of ornamentation. Imagine how beautiful these colorful patterns would look hanging in a window!


2. Measure a large trapezoid (diamond) or other kite shape on a sheet of acetate. Cut it out with Crayola® Scissors.


3. With Crayola Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons, draw beautiful Art Nouveau patterns on your kite. Fill the space with luscious color!


4. Create a tail for your kite with smaller pieces of acetate, yarn, and colors. Attach the tail to the kite with a Crayola Glue Stick.


5. When you are finished, use clear adhesive tape to attach your kite to a window. Enjoy the colors in your classroom.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Kites— CAUTION: Do not fly over or near electric power lines, trees, buildings, radio-TV antennas, or any other obstruction. Avoid flying over spectators, moving traffic, within 5 miles (8.05 km) of an airport, or more than 400 ft. (121.92 m) high. Fly in an open area. NEVER fly a kite in extremely high winds, in thunderstorms, or with wire, wet twine, metallic string, or cord containing any conductive or metallic materials whatsoever. Do not try to recover a kite from electric power lines or other high or dangerous places.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Windows—Be sure windows are securely closed and locked before decorating. An adult must closely supervise the activity.

Adaptations

  • Research the artwork of Gustav Klimt and the relationship of his work to the stained glass of Ravenna, Italy. Create a theme kite that reflects understanding of these events.
  • Explore contemporary art by artists such as Peter Max. Discuss the relationship of this art to Art Nouveau, and create a kite using similar imagery.
  • Find out why kites play an important role in the celebration of Chinese New Year.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Window Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Window Crayons
household supplies
  • yarn
  • ruler
  • clear adhesive tape
  • acetate sheet

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children research Art Nouveau artists and techniques.

  • Students measure and cut a trapezoidal acetate kite.

  • Children design paisley or similar Art Nouveau patterns on a decorative kite.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards