Monday, March 12, 2012

Art Adventure: Cloud Blueprints

Spring seemed like the right time to share this project. Do you ever play the game where you see shapes in the clouds? You can incorporate that fun into this project.

First, I want to share a favorite book with you. 
Sector 7 by David Wiesner
(he also authored Tuesday)

Sector 7 is the tale of a boy who gets an even more magical field trip than the one to the top of the Empire State Building -- he gets taken to the Cloud Dispatch Center for Sector 7 where they design and make all the clouds. It's a fun tale and beautifully illustrated.

I had the boys pretend to work at Sector 7 and design their own clouds.

Cloud Blueprints 

  • paper
  • ruler
  • pencil and marker (optional)
  • school glue
  • blue tempera paint
  • shaving cream
  • a container
  • spoons
  • paintbrushes

First, prep the paper to look like a blueprint. I marked in from the edge a 1/2 inch to make a border around the paper. Inside the border I made a box. Mine was 1 inch tall by 4 inches wide. I added the words; Cloud form: (and when they designed it and named it we filled this in), Designer: (with their name). Remember to use all capital letters like they do in drafting. I also added Sector 7 to the top.

At this point, I handed them over and later I decided to darken the lines with a marker. I would suggest doing it now because it will be easier.

Now, mix up the cloud paint. It's basically the same as the snow paint if you did that project.

We are going to mix approximately equal parts glue and shaving cream. First, add glue to your container.

Add a small squirt of blue paint.

And stir it together.

Add the shaving cream and mix it all together. 

Make sure it is completely combined, but try not to stir too long, you want it to stay fluffy.

Now, allow your kids to experiment with spoons and brushes to create their clouds.

Will it look like a regular cloud? Is it a shape like an animal?

Brushing makes it thin, and dabbing makes it puffy.

When he or she is done, ask for the name of the cloud and add that to the blueprint.

Gabe called his Cloud Form: 154.

Malachi named his Cloud Form: Fusion.

It does take awhile to dry, perhaps as long as overnight. But once it is dry it will stay puffed and have a velvety texture.

It your child wanted to, he or she can go back in and draw measurement lines to show the dimensions. Take the blueprint thing as far as you want.  

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