A "quickie" group idea for Asian art that worked for me and is quite
"showy"--Oriental Fans using crayon batik for younger students--for older
students I used hot melted wax and bright colored ink dyes. Use a long sheet
of paper (from a roll) about
9 feet long. I used white, but colored paper would be nice too.
Have students draw images used in Oriental art (large flowers,
landscapes, fish--one student drew dragon scales--etc.) and
color in heavily with crayons (flourscent crayons are nice). If using hot
wax, then wax in the images. Then paint over with a watery paint (left over
tie dye paints work well for this, but you have to take extra precautions,
like wearing rubber gloves, especially when folding the fans!) When dry,
fold paper, accordian style, using about 3 inch folds, fasten one end with
rubber bands, then decorate with some decorative trim--tassels, old jewelry
pieces, pottery schards, etc. They are WONDERFUL and just about everyone who
saw them wanted one!
Don't forget Native American designs. A couple of weeks ago I printed out
directions for making a large Native American blanket project that works well
for displays and is relatively easy and quick to do! If you can't find it in
the backlogs of messages, let me know and I will send you a copy.
Good luck, and thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm going to pass this "Great
Masters" idea along to our parents who help plan our big extravaganze in the