5 In 3rd grade/ Art of India/ Mixed Media

Groovy Trucks from India

Once again, we recycled our “painting placemats” into another project. This time we looked at the vivid colors and wild patterns found on the trucks in India. Students cut the edges of a 12 x 18 painted paper and added various textures, patterns, and razzle dazzle to really pump up their trucks.

On many of the trucks you will see “Horn please” just another design commonly found on vehicles in India.


Students then designed a background on 18 x 24 inch paper with oil pastels and used bright paints to complete their projects.


It took the students 2 -40 minute classes and many hours of other students being sloppy on their placemats!


Keep on creating!



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    October 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Very cool and very “green”!

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    October 20, 2010 at 1:44 am

    What a gorgeous way to recycle! You always have such unique ideas and fun ways to build on a theme.

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    October 20, 2010 at 3:05 am

    just awesome!

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    Katie Lewandowski
    October 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I'm currently doing a similar project with my 2nd graders out of clay but instead focusing on the Tap-Tap buses from Haiti. I love that you incorporate so much multi cultural elements to your lesson!

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    Artsy Mama
    January 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Hi! My first grade students are studying Peacemakers from around the world- they are currently studying Malala from Pakistan. I've seen that they also have this custom of decorating trucks in Pakistan as well. Could you tell me a little more about how you introduced this project? Thank you!

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