1. The kite surface must be an original design (no copyrighted materials).
2. Designs should have a theme, color scheme & focal point.
3. The kite should be 22" x 16" x 1" (56 x 41 x 3 cm) or larger.
4. Designs may begin with either a constructed base; or by adapting an old existing
kite by altering or adding materials to it. (On an existing kite, any
commercial printed design must be completely covered/hidden.)
5. String is not necessary as the kites will be displayed indoors only and not
flown. Evaluation will be based upon the creativity and craftsmanship of the entry as well as the
student’s planning & progress over the 8-week independent study period. Prizes will be awarded during the evening
exhibition for the best kites from each grade level. How to begin? The public library is a great place to start.
Due Dates and Assessment:
This project was assigned and then an informational parent letter was mailed home. Parents were expected to sign and return the letter along with the student's proposed sketch, description, and list of materials used. The letter was due back two weeks later.
Two weeks later a progress report was sent home for parent signature and a photo of the work was requested but not required. The report was due two weeks after it was sent home. A second progress report was mailed home another two weeks later.
The kite was due finished to school two weeks after the final progress report was returned. In all, the project took two months to complete at home. After the kites were returned for a grade, we had an art show with the kites called "Art Aloft. Prizes were awarded for the best entries at each grade level.
Some possible themes:
Self-portrait, humor, nature/environment, great artists, cultural heritage, birds/fish/insects/ animals/living creatures, food, politics, flowers/plants, coat of arms, space/future/ aliens, phobias, monsters or dragons, literature, seasons, music, symbols, optical illusions, and color. Subject matter must be school appropriate.
Shore's student art show, "Art Aloft" was attended by hundreds of guests from our school and community. Last year, the featured display was homemade kites. All of the fine art students were responsible for creating a kite with an original surface design and were expected to attend the art show to participate in the exhibition.
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