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Update an ancient craft with contemporary designs and art materials. These holiday ornaments are light and unbreakable, and they're great for holidays or any day!
Stained glass is a centuries-old method of putting together many pieces of colored glass to form a picture. The glass is held together with lead beading that forms a black outline around each section. Which famous artists are known for their stained glass? Invite students to research artists that have created well-known pieces of stained glass artwork.
Once students research is complete, invite children to capture the beauty of this ancient craft using modern materials. Ask students about an upcoming holiday and what symbols are typically associated with that holiday. They might show fall with a leaf, Chanukah with a dreidel, or Valentine’s Day with a heart. Students select the symbols they want to recreate in stained-glass ornaments.
Students use Crayola® Model Magic for their stained glass artwork. To create their own colors of Crayola Model Magic, students rub color from a Crayola Washable Marker onto white Model Magic. Demonstrate how to mix it a little bit for a marbled effect. Children knead the Model Magic well and add more marker color until they achieve the uniform shade desired. Then shape the modeling compound into holiday symbols.
To add to the stained-glass look, students draw directly on the symbol with markers. If the artwork is to be made into an ornament, children will poke a small hole in the top of the artwork and attach ribbon or yarn for hanging.
Accents can be added to the ornaments with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry before giving them as gifts or hanging.
Invite students to share their artwork with small groups of classmates. Encourage them to share how they incorporated their new learning about stained glass artwork into their ornaments.
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