Get Lit – Grade 8 artist inspired lampshades

Feeling at a loss for a fun project for your Creative Arts kids? Try this one on for size!

Although some of the artists in my class don’t see themselves that way, they all had a blast (and with beautiful results) making these artist inspired lampshades. The strength of a project such as this is that you are ensured an incredible result, with a little bit of hard graft.

I began the process by introducing my young artists to a range of artists who developed unique styles or innovations in the arts. They selected and artist who inspired them the most and worked with their style as an inspiration for their lampshade designs. The results are inspiring and we had such fun making them!

To begin the process gather a few balloons, one per child, some

Newsprint/newspaper and either some cold glue or the classic flour and water combo, if you’re on a tighter budget.

Step One:

I started the process by making sure the kids labeled their individual balloons before beginning the papier-mâché process. Once your balloons are labeled and ready to go, begin to layer the balloons with papier-mache. We worked on about 8 layers of newsprint to ensure their lampshades would be strong and sturdy.

Make sure you have worked some ‘drying-time’ into your lesson planning as they will take a couple of days to stiffen and dry completely.

Step Two:

After having done some sketchbook work and exploration around their chosen artists, my kids decided on a final design for their lampshades and began to decorate up a storm! I encouraged them to use mixed media and really experiment and play on their lampshades to make a truly unique artist-inspired lampshade! We worked with artists such as Keith Haring, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock and so on to get them inspired!

Step Three:

Light it up! They are lampshades after all – help the kids to hang and light up their lampshades to get the full effect!

I hope you enjoy this process as much as we did!

If you have any questions or queries on this free lesson plan don’t hesitate to ask – I would love to hear from you!

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