Water Color Butterflies
In this visual arts lesson, students will create a tye-dyed or water color butterfly to show how colors mix.
Grade Level: K - 2nd
Length of Time: About 30 Minutes
Objectives & Outcomes
Learners will be able to create a butterfly with multiple colors in which some colors blend.
- coffee filters
- washable markers (red, blue, and yellow only)
- spray bottle (water)
- pipe cleaners (can also use clothes pins)
- hair dryer (optional)
- string (for hanging)
Opening to Lesson
Begin by telling students they are going to make beautiful, colorful butterflies. Ask students if they have ever seen or owned a tye-dyed shirt or other piece of clothing. Review with students how mixing certain colors will create new colors.
Body of Lesson
- Explain to students that you are going to make butterfly wings out of coffee filters. Have students flatten the filters as much as possible.
- Allow students to color the filters using the washable markers, creating patterns, but leaving some white so colors may blend.
- After each student is finished coloring allow them to lightly spray the filter and watch as colors combine and blend.
- If desired, allow students to dry the filter with a hair dryer or simply lay flat to dry.
Have students take a pipe cleaner that has been folded in half and place it around the center of the filter. Twist the top to serve as antennae. If desired use a clothes pin as the center (body). Hang butterflies as decoration.
Assessment & Evaluation
Students will be assessed both on participation and final project outcome.
Modification & Differentiation
Students with certain disabilities may need extended time or help spraying the filter.
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