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Study the ancient art of Chinese scroll painting then create an original landscape painting mounted on printed framing paper.
Explore information about Chinese scroll paintings, an art form used for at least 2,000 years. Many of these historic and contemporary paintings are imaginative landscapes. Others are animals, are used to honor leaders, or are created to teach proper behavior.
Have students study the two styles of Chinese scrolls. Hanging scrolls are vertical and hand scrolls are horizontal. Hand scrolls are often unrolled to display one section at a time since some are very long. Notice how painted silk or paper is attached to a larger piece that frames and protects the painting and itself becomes part of the art.
Students choose whether they will make a hanging or hand scroll. Have them think about a landscape design (mountains, beaches, trees, fields). Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper and illustrate their scroll with Washable Watercolor Paints.
To sponge paint: Cut sponge pieces with Crayola Scissors. Dip sponges in paint and repeatedly press lightly but evenly onto the paper to print the design. Dry.
Use a Crayola Glue Stick to attach the smaller drawing to the background piece.
Paint two wooden dowels or craft sticks (each slightly longer than the background paper) using gold or black Crayola® Tempera Paint and Crayola® Paint Brushes. Dry.
Use Crayola® School Glue to attach sticks to the front side at each end of the framing paper. Dry.
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