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!
Rina k6art.comSeptember 23, 2012 at 2:26 am
I like how your students clean their brushes on the placemats. I always wondered how you got such colorful painted mats! Very colorful and fun project. Thanks for posting.
Elizabeth - Dream PaintersSeptember 23, 2012 at 3:22 am
Gorgeous colors, and I love the mixed media approach to bring in different textural elements 🙂
PhylSeptember 23, 2012 at 4:38 am
Did you see my most recent post? All about hot air balloons! (This weekend was the annual hot air balloon festival in my town – a major event!)
PatSeptember 23, 2012 at 7:41 am
I just need a little clarification about “cleaning” brushes on a placemat. Do you mean there are moist sponges alongside the placemats or do they just wipe their brush off between colors? If so, don't the paints get muddy? The balloons are great and I really like the textured baskets.
PaintedpaperSeptember 23, 2012 at 11:22 am
Yes! I thought of your when I was uploading my photos. 🙂 I really loved the birthday cake one!
PaintedpaperSeptember 23, 2012 at 11:29 am
Pat, I teach them to keep the paint on the tip of their brush. No scooping paint like ice cream! lol I start this in 2nd grade, they love painting any excess onto their mats, but really they become pros. We start with the lightest colors, then move to the darker colors the “rule” is you can't go backwards only forwards. This painting technique has really taught them about the color wheel and what happens when you mix complementary colors vs analogous colors. When they are ready for black or small designs they get a small brush, At the end of painting students put their brushes in a little bowl in the sink to be rinsed.
No sponges, no water. I have back to back 45 minute classes, so I want them working as long as a have them. Hope this helps! 🙂
coralvssalmonSeptember 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm
What a delight! We have a running joke in the art room that I drive to school in a hot air balloon everyday. I'm not sure how it started but I still get little ones telling me they were looking for my hot air balloon in the parking lot at recess but couldn't find it! Teeheehee!
Patty PalmerSeptember 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm
Love,love love!!!! These are beautiful and I love your approach to painting light to dark. And wiping the brushes on the placemats? Brilliant!
AnaSeptember 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm
Adorei este trabalho e todos os outros. São muito criativos!
The Modern Art SmockSeptember 25, 2012 at 1:48 am
Love these Hot Air Balloons! We do them in our classroom and these just pump it up a notch!! Also, Just wanted to say THANK YOU for referring people to my little ol'blog.. It means a lot!!
Heather ClarkSeptember 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm
I absolutely LOVE your blog and the projects you do. I have done a few, but have difficulty with clean because I too have back to back classes. This has always made painting difficult. You should write a book that details how you teach children to paint. I would love to know more about your procedures.
Susan Bivona, Art TeacherSeptember 26, 2012 at 1:36 am
I TOTALLY AGREE with Heather – I really do wish you would write a book or e-book or downloadable PDF about how you paint with your students! Seriously – you are amazing and I would be more than happy to pay for this info!
Smiles – Susan
Hannah- Art.Paper.Scissors.Glue!September 26, 2012 at 2:06 am
Those turned out beautiful!
Paintbrush RocketSeptember 28, 2012 at 12:55 am
LOVE the way these turned out Laura!!!
asillisaJanuary 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm
I agree with Heather! There's no doubt you would make the most brilliant (in every sense) book on color and painting in art class! I would treasure that resource like I do your blog!
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