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5th Grade – The Year of the Dragon

5th Grade – The Year of the Dragon

 My fifth graders loved this project this year.  Depending when their birthdays fell, many of them are dragons according to the Chinese Zodiac. I found some great photos on Flickr of real Chinese New Year celebrations around the world for a Smartboard presentation.  The colors and textures of the REAL Dragon Dances in China were very motivating to my students!
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The heads and feet were drawn first with pencil and outlined with black tempera. Then colored with oil pastels.  I encouraged their own COLOR SCHEME and demonstrated BLENDING ANALOGOUS COLORS.
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The bodies were made with banner papers painted weeks before to use up some old paint.  I cut them into 9×12 inch pieces.  Students added some swirls of color if desired and painted black fish like scales. Heads and feet were cut out carefully and glued to the bodies.  The final touch was to add some texture with the tissue paper strips.  I displayed these with some 2nd grade Chinese lanterns.  A crowd pleaser!!!

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  • Phyl
    Posted at 19:46h, 03 July Reply

    Welcome to blog world! What a fabulous first post!!!! As a major dragon-lover, I think these are SPECTACULAR! (By the way, I was born in the year of the dragon). I may be retired now, but I'll keep checking in. Congratulations!

  • Paintbrush Rocket
    Posted at 20:16h, 03 July Reply

    Thanks so much for the nice comments! I just added a follow button. Forgot… I'll get this blogging thing down…. 🙂

  • Miss
    Posted at 15:11h, 02 September Reply

    Love these dragons- so colourful and fun and they're all so different. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hopperart
    Posted at 10:32h, 16 October Reply

    Thank you for sharing your lessons. Can't wait to see more!

  • gretchen buwalda
    Posted at 00:05h, 02 April Reply

    I love seeing new art bloggers work. Thanks.

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