Tiffany Lamps

I did this with 1st graders and some 1st-2nd inclusion classes. After we did a symmetry butterfly thing they knew a lot about keeping things the same on both sides. 

We started out by looking at images of Tiffany lamps discussing why someone would want this lamp over an ordinary lamp. We talked about what shapes, colors and things they saw. 

Since it was springtime we mostly kept out detail themes to flowers and bugs, and used shakes for in between. 

We had a drawing day and I put out images of different bugs and flowers. They folder a paper into 4s and had to try 8 sketches on the front and back. 

Next day I have them a blank lamp template and we looked at Tiffany lamps and talked about size and placement of our main detail flowers and bugs and our background shapes. 

We had a formula to follow putting one detail big in the center and repeating them on the sides. The top and bottom could be decorated with shapes or a big sun or big flower. I showed them how to follow symmetry by remembering to do whatever they did on one side to the other. This was a draft so mistakes are supposed to happen here!

When their draft was done they got a big paper with a lamp template drawn out bigger. The hardest part is to make their design bigger so we talk about that before they start. 

Once done they outline with sharpie and add more shapes if it’s too empty looking, or lines to cut it up. 

Before they use watercolors we have a lesson on appropriate brush sizes. I tell them the story of Goldie locks and the 3 bears. So we refer to the brushes as the momma brush, papa, and baby. They get a practice paper with different sized shapes to make the right brush choices. 

Then it’s off to paint their lamp! I recommend staying away from black because it’ll over power, but brown looks great in watercolors almost looks golden. 

I bit the base, but in the future I’d like to use gold and bronze paper and buy a string of white costume beads for a pull string for the lamp. 

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