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Chinese Paper Lanterns

26 Jan

January Lesson for Room 10 & 8

Happy New Year!  This month in Room 10 & 8 we talked about the Chinese New Year;  The year of the Dragon.  We discussed one of the traditional ways of celebrating – Chinese Lanterns!- and celebrated by  making some of our own!


  • To learn about the history of Chinese Lanterns and how their symbolism relates to the Chinese New Year.
  • To study and learn Chinese Characters, their meanings, and how to write them using different line types.
  • To create a Paper Chinese lantern with original student artwork including at least two Chinese characters.

We started the lesson by discussing the history of the Chinese lantern.  The Chinese have been using lanterns since 250 BC to celebrate special events.  Each year, on the Lunar New Year, Chinese celebrate with a lantern festival, hanging hundreds of lanterns in the streets in hopes of seeing the spirits of loved ones.

Students then studied the Top 10 Lucky Chinese Symbols, looked at pictures of dragons and thought about other images that were important to them.  After sketching their designs out in pencil,  students painted their designs on red construction paper using diluted speedball ink and bamboo brushes.  After the ink dried, students crafted the lanterns and embellished them with glitter and yarn.

Here is a link for the Top 10 lucky symbols:

Here is a link for folding, cutting & pasting the lanterns into shape:

While students were waiting for the ink to dry, we filled the time with Chinese new year mazes, puzzles and coloring pages.  I found them at:

Art docents then hung the lanterns from the ceiling outside Room 10 and Room 8  just in time for Loyal Heights own New Year Parade!


12 x 18 red construction paper

bamboo brushes (but any brush will work)

speedball ink diluted with water (you could also use watercolor)

water cups

yellow/gold yarn


hole puncher

Comments: Bamboo brushes paint thick lines.  Encourage students to sketch their Chinese characters and other images large so that they are easy to paint.

Art Docent: Kimberly Albert, Britt Sutherland


L.H. Room 10 Prints “showing” at Ballard Starbucks!

30 Nov

Starting Nov 30, Room 10 student’s prints will be on display through the month of December at Starbucks on NW Market in Ballard.  Designs for the prints were originally created by the 5th graders in October during a lesson on line.  Room 10 art docents Kimberly Albert, Britt Sutherland and Darci Cascioppo quickly reprinted them in a variety of bright colors in time to take advantage of Starbucks offer.  Britt and Kimberly met with Starbucks Art coordinator Margaret Atwater, who helped them get the artwork up on the wall and ready for it’s big public debut!  Prints have been listed as “available for purchase” with all proceeds going to the LH Art Docent Program.  Room 10 students should be very proud of their work, and families should take the time to stop in for a “coffee” and check them out!

By Kimberly Albert

October Line Lesson and Printmaking – 5th Grade

5 Oct

Room 10              Art Lesson 1       Wed, Oct 5th, 2011





  • To review the Elements & Principles of Art.
  • To discuss line types and the use of hatching/crosshatching to create value.
  • To apply the knowledge of line (using all 5 line types), hatching and crosshatching to create a design for print.

 We started the lesson with the distribution of a sketch book to each student.  Students will use their sketch books to record notes and drawings from each lesson.  By the end of the year, they should hopefully have a sketchbook full of artistic ideas, concepts and individual expressions!

 This year we will also be using the Art Connections Books for Level 5.  These books are an excellent resource for learning the Art Elements and Principles and are full of a rich variety of artist profiles and illustrations from all Art Mediums.

 We started with an Art Review from Art Connections of “What is Art” and had the students list the Art Elements and Principles in their sketch books.  We also covered the Element of Line, the 5 line types (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, zigzag) and line hatching and crosshatching to create value. 

After practicing line types in their sketch books, the student’s created a design using what they had learned, and pressed it into a Styrofoam plate.  We then applied ink to the Styrofoam with a brayer and transferred the design to paper. Voila!  The designs came to life!  Everyone was thrilled with the results, and other than a few inky fingertips, the lesson was a success!  Great Job Room 10!


Art Docents:

Kimberly Albert

Brit Sutherland

Bret Ashlee Watson

Darci Cascioppo