In the past, a hot air balloon was a common sight to see at local state and county fairs. We ended our fair unit with 5th graders creating the patterned balloons with analogous liquid watercolor backgrounds. Our inspiration was from Ginger over at paintbrush rocket who’s talented students created a beautiful mural containing balloons.
We looked at various hot air balloons, then created our shapes. First, students drew the shape of the hot air balloon on 12 x 18 drawing paper. I did have tracers of balloon shapes that helped them get started and then bold patterns were added in pencil.
These were so fun to see the kids create. They loved making them and I loved seeing the bright, fun patterns in my classroom!