In this project our young artists learnt how to paint using traditional Chinese brush stroke techniques. Armed with a selection of Chinese brushes and black ink the children were taught how to paint bamboo, Cherry Blossom, butterflies, dragonflies and koi carp in a simple step by step way.
After lots of practice the children designed an image for their paper lantern being mindful to keep their image simple with a thought for negative space. I created a template for the lantern shape and took the descision to trace around it and score the fold lines (this way I knew that we would have a proper cuboid with folds in the right place). We used cartridge paper for the lantern.
The students painted their designs onto the lantern pattern, cut it out and folded along the score lines. Black card was used for the top & base. We inserted a hanging loop of black ribbon in the top (puncture a small hole in the centre, thread the ribbon through & tie a knot, tape to secure). PVA glue was used to stick the lantern together and the tabs to the top and base.