Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Distance Learning
Integrated Art Lesson Title:
Ultimate (Kirigami) Snowflakes Students will learn how to make unusual snowflakes by using the Japanese art form of Kirigami to fold and cut their creations. 45 minutes – 1 hour Lower/Upper Elementary (see attached) Students will begin by learning about Kirigami and how it is a method of folding and cutting paper that is used by the Japanese. They will be introduced to Douglas Scissorhands (a Kirigami artist) and be shown his creations. They will also learn about the “Snowflake Man” (Wilson A. Bentley) who became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. They then will create their own snowflakes after learning about the different kinds (Hawaiian, famous personality, etc.).
Description and Overall Focus:
Length of Lesson Grade Range Sunshine State Standards Objective(s)
Materials: PLEASE NOTE: Some materials must be acquired prior to this lesson
Scissors Pencil Eraser Coffee filters (10 “) or 9” X 12” Construction paper (pre-cut into a circle)
Students will begin by learning about the history of Kirigami and be shown the work of Douglas Scissorhands (a Kirigami artist). They then will be given background into the “Snowflake Man” (Wilson A. Bentley) and the history of snowflake photographs.
Students will be shown some examples of Hawaiian and Famous People snowflakes. They then will create their own snowflakes using the Kirigami method of folding and cutting.
Closure activity Assessment
Students will complete their snowflakes and share their work with others in the Distance Learning audience. Students will have learned about snowflakes, their discovery, and the wonderful art form of Japanese Kirigami.
artandculturecenter.Teacher follow-up idea
Teachers can have students take their white (coffee filter) snowflake and allow them to mount it on colored paper.papersnowflakes.uk/jo/symmetry/snow.org Lesson plan prepared by Sherie Tengbergen.htm (celebrity snowflake patterns) Snow Crystals by Wilson a.htm (online snowflake site) http://www. or they can be placed on display in a window or on a bulletin board.
Student follow-up idea Book/Web references
Students can make snowflakes online using the web site listed below.. Bentley Robert’s Snowflakes by Grace Lin Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood www.hollywoodsnowlakes.htm (3-D snowflake craft patterns to print and color) http://www. http://gwydir. artist and educator