Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chinese New Year Dragons (nouvel an chinois)

I spent a couple of hours the other day trolling my blogroll looking for inspiration for this week's art lessons. I happened upon this one at smARTy Pants which I thought was quite cute. However, the next day at school I forgot my laptop and googled "handprint dragon" (with all manner of combinations and ended up finding, not smArty Pants, but this site, which had templates ready to go! I decided that this time, using templates wasn't such a bad idea, and decided to focus on cutting skills: showing kids how to cut over a template (rather than cut, trace, cut), and cutting multiple things in one go (ie: 4 hands with one trace, or cutting two legs from the one template). I also really emphasized making the most of your paper (there was a limited amount out on the table, and if they couldn't find the size or colour they wanted, they needed to share, or get creative!

The kids LOVED this activity! Although they were all cut from the same template, each dragon has their own personality! I'm looking forward to having a completed display with all of them up.


  1. Megan, your dragons came out great. I am glad I could be an inspiration to someone! Jessica

  2. Megan,
    I am enjoying your blog and have become a follower. I would be interested to know what grade level you made the dragons with and do you teach at a French language school? Cool!