Need a quick art activity

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  1. runsw/scissors

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    :help:We are making calendars based on art from around the world. We have pages done for the Dutch, Penn Dutch, Navajo, Russian architechture, Sarenghetti sunset silouhettes, India, Ireland (Celtic lettering) and one other that is not coming to mind right now. I have plans for something with Egyptian hyroglyphsand maybe some origami. I need three more activities. I really need something for tomorrow! My other one fell through. This has to be 2D (which is where I'm running into problems because I'm finding lots of 3D activities.) Any help would be great. This is for 5th grade so just about anything geared to grades 3-6 could be made to work. :D:thanks:
     
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    My first thought was aborginal paintings from Austraila. They do x-ray drawings where you can kind of see inside, or dot paintings on bark (but could be a drawing with pointalism.

    Spain or the European mediterraian countries do LOADS of tile work. Especially southern itlay, northern africa/Morocco etc. They could design their own tile, or tile pattern (easily work into math tesselations).

    if my art history brain is recalling my info right..i'm a bit tired lol paper molas central american/south america. A lot is done in weaving, or 3-d, but can easily be done with markers to do the repeat of lines.

    if I think of any in the next hour I will post some more.
     
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    Can you tell me more about the paper molas? Do you have any links that I could look at for ideas? This sounds like something we could do on short notice, but I'd like to see them.

    The aboriginal dot paintings is the other one I couldn't think of.
     
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    Oh yeah. This would keep them busy! Thanks.
     
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    What about silhouette cutting? I remember in school sitting in front of the overhead and having the teacher trace my silhouette and then we cut them out. Pretty neat on black paper.
     
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    I've tried that. My OH projector makes the kids' heads enormous. I'll go with the mora thing that was suggested. It will keep the busy and quiet for a while.

    OK, so that brings me to nine projects, plus Egypt and possibly Chinese origami. I still need a couple more. Any ideas for Italy or Japan?
     
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    For Japan, you could find an image of a word like love in Japanese calligraphy and have your kids try to imitate it using marker or crayons.
     
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    For Italy...the Renaissance is such an important part of their history. You could have the kids lay on the floor and put tape their drawing under the table/desk, just like renassiance artists would do when they painted the ceilings of cathedrals and palaces. They could choose the subject matter.


    Another for Italy...specifically Venice, they have their Carnival, basically colorful crazy masks like out of Mardi Gras. It is still a practiced art form their as well.
     
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    Here are a few units we're covering - I'm currently looking for the same...a few ideas for art that came to mind for each unit.

    1) Prehistory: http://www.alifetimeofcolor.com/play/caveart/

    2) Ancient Civilizations: Egyptian art http://www.shira.net/ancient-scenes.htm

    3) Ancient Greek http://campus.lakeforest.edu/~ragland/aeffenberger/index.html

    4) Ancient Roman/Byzantine: mosaics
    http://arthistory.about.com/od/blog_images/ig/April-2006/07_Lion.htm

    5) Islamic Art: geometric patterns
    http://www.lacma.org/islamic_art/islamic.htm
    http://www.lacma.org/islamic_art/lma.htm
    http://www2.spsu.edu/math/tile/grammar/moor.htm

    6) European Renaissance - prob. the easiest to find.
     
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    I had them make mola pictures today. We looked at images on the web so they could see the intricate designs and use of colors. Then I did a sample drawing on the board to demonstrate how they should go about planning the lines and colors. I used the image of a fish. They also chose to do various sea creatures. I'm not sure the pictures turned out quite they way I hoped they would, but they still look great.
     

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