Wycinanki – intricate paper cut-outs – have been a popular folk craft in Poland since the 1900s. In Poland, the decorative cut-outs are mainly associated with two regions – Łowicz and Kurpie. The Kurpie cut-outs are made with a single sheet of paper and are thus totally symmetrical and only one colour. Those from the Łowicz area feature colourful designs built from layering the intricate cut-outs. Though traditionally hung as decorations in windows, on walls, and from ceiling joints, today the classic designs are found everywhere.
My Grade 6 students made Kurpie style paper cut outs of evergreen trees. This is a perfect winter lesson- you can also do at Christmas and I do this and allow my students the choice of doing a traditional Christmas tree or simply and evergreen tree. I have students from many different religious and cultural backgrounds so giving them this choice is important. I'm also glad that I work in a school that gives teachers the freedom to teach any lessons regardless of religious or holiday overtones. I try to represent many different holidays from different cultures in my art lessons.
I also like this project before the holidays because it's simply paper, so a low-key, low mess project for when the students and myself are ready for a holiday!
I've posted this lesson previously HERE.
Student start by doing a practice tree. They fold a sheet of 9 x 12" white paper in half vertically and draw half of an evergreen tree. Then they cut it out. They can do inside cuts or use a single hole punch to add dot details.
Once they've shown me their practice tree, they move on to their good copy.
This gets glued down, pencil side down, onto 9 x 12" black paper.
I let these dry about an hour, then I flatten them under a stack of heavy boards. Then I like to glitter the edges- this is optional but looks soooooo pretty!!!!
These look amazing on display!