My son Luke is in a K-5/First Grade class in our home school co-op. The curriculum the class is using is Five in a Row by Jane Lambert; this curriculum centers math, science, social studies, and art lessons around classic picture books. Recently, we read The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen, which describes the early attempts of Louis Bleriot to build and fly an airplane. Though our art activity wasn’t listed in Five in a Row, it worked well with the class. Here’s what we did:
- Watercolor Paper (inexpensive watercolor paper is fine)
- Cardboard (a little larger than the watercolor paper; one piece per student)
- Masking tape
- Watercolor paints – blue and green (in tubes or pan sets)
- Styrofoam plates (if using paints in tubes)
- One brush per child
- Napkins or paper towel (to clean the brushes)
- Cotton balls or poly fiberfill
- White school glue
- Glue sticks
- Coloring page of a small airplane
Before you begin, tape a piece of watercolor paper to each piece of cardboard. This way, if you’re student enjoys applying water or watery paint to the paper, the edges will stay down even though the paper might buckle.
Have each student draw a horizon line, marking where the sky will end and the ground begin. Put this line low on your paper — you’ll want a lot of sky showing for this picture.
Give each student a small amount of blue paint. If you’re using watercolors in tubes, give each child a Styrofoam plate for a palette. Place the blue paint on the plate. If you’re using a regular pan set of paints, instruct the children to co
Next, give each student a small amount of green paint. Instruct them to paint the land green.
While the paint is drying, provide the children with a picture of a plane from a coloring page. You can find images to use on the Internet. You might even print off several different planes and let the children choose their favorite. Have the children color their planes with crayons and then cut them out.
By the time the students are finished coloring, the paint on their papers should be dry. Use the white school glue to attach cotton balls or poly fiberfill on the sky. These are the clouds.
Now everything is ready for the plane! Have the children glue their planes to the sky they just created.
Place the finished artwork where everyone can see — and enjoy!