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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hot Air Balloon Coloring Page

Yikes! That last post was quite ambitious! Here's a simple was to introduce the same fundamental concept. Have the students decide what time of day it is and where the light is coming from. Draw their attention to where the light would hit each section of the air balloon. There are absolutely beautiful books at the library with pictures that would show this. The students can practice shading with any medium. They can go light to dark or even add light yellow for sunlight and bluish for shadows. You could tell them that a popular professional technique is to color the balloons in solid with marker and the add highlights and shadows on top with colored pencil, chalk, crayon, etc. Younger children can just color it alongside older siblings. I have another lesson in which the students do the whole thing themselves, but by the time they design their balloons, they have little patience to learn about shading. I'll post that lesson soon. So, now I have to come up with a painting project for my oldest student (87) by tomorrow. We have a blast when I have a good project...

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