In a message dated 11/17/2003 11:23:14 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I am painting (watercolor) on paper any suggestions what pattern or designs I
can make on these typical of Japanese culture (probably in black)?
My k-2 graders are doing it, so simple is better.
When I was in Japan I stayed with a family who had folding screens in every
room, to separate the spaces in the home. They were a natural background
-almost a grass cloth, and the wood frame was natural honey color. The paintings
were all Japanese landscapes. I also saw a lot of (metallic) gold as background
with floral designs. The floral designs could be easily doable for 2nd
graders. When I returned from my Fulbright trip to Japan, my 4th graders created
folding screens with metallic gold tempera painted background and went over
with designs in authentic colors in tempera (lots of navy, hunter greens, and
rusts). They came out fabulous. Of, course, I brought back authentic pictures
for them to see as references. If you live nearby, I am glad to share them
Let me know.
Hope this helps....
Susan on Long Island