This month we are exploring traditional art and theory of Japan. Japanese art, as we know it, largely depicts nature with a lot of white space. White space, or negative space is as valuable as positive space. The lines are less detailed than Western art, which has always tended to be more photorealistic.
If you look at history of Japanese art before it made it into popular culture in the West, it was a bit more... well, let's just say you wouldn't hang it up in Aunt Enda's parlor for the Monday bridge meeting from church. You can learn a lot here for your own lesson plan. We covered primarily the art of the Edo Period.
We covered pottery, panels, fabric/kimonos.
The production is a half-sheet 8 1/2 x 11 with two thin 1" strips at top and bottom. We used glue sticks.
The children painted their Japanese inspired scenes with tempra paints to keep the colors simple.
After they were finished (Tempra dries fast if not soupy) we folded them in half and cut 2/3 - 1" slits between the black strips. The fold gives the "lantern" it's shape. We stapled the ends together.
Then we punched holes at the top to string raffia to hang them. On the bottom, we criss crossed two strips to hold our lights. We splurged and bought the tiny battery operated votive candles to nest inside the lantern. WalMart had the best price on the lights in bulk.