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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Folded Paper Japanese Kimonos


This was the second project I did with my Grade 7's during our "Art of Japan" unit. They designed their own kimono using a version of a bookmark template found here on the Crayola website.

Kimonos are the beautiful traditional floor length robes worn mostly by Japanese women on special occasions. They are very expensive (often exceeding $10,000!) and beautifully patterned. I showed students examples of kimonos and then had them sketch ideas for a pattern in their sketchbooks.

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Each student got a blank template (which I modified from the one on the Crayoyla site) showing a very basic kimono with the robe, body and Obi (the sash). 
There were lots of Obi-Wan Kenobi jokes during this demo...lol
I drew my own simple template and then photocopied it onto regular paper. When I do this project again, I would copy it onto cardstock, as the regular paper was too thin, really. 
I mean, it worked, but cardstock would be better (more sturdy).


Draw your design/pattern in pencil then colour in with colored pencils or markers or watercolours.
Students could do any type of pattern they wanted- not only traditional.
Here's a camouflage pattern below, for example.


Draw a little face.


Colouring with markers.....


Then cut all the pieces out...


The Crayola sheet shows how to fold it all together- I also walked around and helped the kids individually fold it. It's quite simple. Here they are lined up and chilling out against the whiteboard. If you have a laminator, I would laminate them to make perfect bookmarks (and to make them sturdier).


Ta da!

     

    





On display with their 'Cherry Blossom' paintings.

4 comments:

TEO Татьяна said...

Excellent work! Thank you!

Lynda @ {ubersavvy} said...

Thank for the Chinese Art idea- I will look into it and show you what we end up doing. If only we were doing Japanese Art I could use these beautiful ideas.

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

Beautiful colors and patterns.
I love the expression in the faces.

Miss said...

Thank you all! It's a fun and simple project that I think the kids enjoyed!

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