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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.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Create an opportunity for students to 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! Organize additional text and electronic resources for students to view on Klimt and other Art Nouveau artists.
    2. Once research is complete, invite students to share their learning about the Art Nouveau style of painting. Inform students that they will be creating original Art Nouveau kites.
    3. Students begin by measuring a large trapezoid (diamond) or other kite shape on a sheet of acetate. Students cut it out with Crayola® Scissors.
    4. With Crayola Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons, students draw beautiful Art Nouveau patterns on their kites. Encourage them to fill the space with luscious color!
    5. Students create a tail for kites with smaller pieces of acetate, yarn, and colors. Attach the tail to the kite with a Crayola Glue Stick.
    6. When finished, students use clear adhesive tape to attach kites to a window. Enjoy the colors in the classroom.
  • Standards

    LA: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

    LA: Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.

  • Adaptations

    Provide students with the opportunity to investigate Art Nouveau and various paintings that represent the era. Students work in small groups to discuss what they see in the sample paintings. What characteristics are present in artwork from this era?

    Students research the artwork of Gustav Klimt and the relationship of his work to stained glass of Ravenna, Italy. Students create a kite that reflects understanding of these events.

    Working in small groups, students 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.

    Kites play an important role in Chinese New Year celebrations. Students research the role kites play in this cultural celebration and prepare a summary of their research for presentation to classmates.


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