Japanese Watercolor Fans

Japanese fansIf you need a Japanese-themed art project, this works well even for kinders. In fact, I personally like the “wobbly” lines of the young ones – who wants a drawing that looks like it was done on a computer?

1. These fans are all based on quarter circles, so you need to start with circle templates. Older students could cut their own from folded paper, younger may need to have some already made. (I used a 7″ circle for 12″ x 17″ paper.) When students have their circle template, they cut it in half, and then in half again.

2. The quarter circle shape is randomly placed on watercolor paper and traced with a pencil. Repeat until the paper is full. Three lines are drawn inside each fan, along with a curve to indicated the inside edge of the fan. Trace all the lines with a crayon, pressing hard to make definite edges.
3. The inside of the fans are painted with watercolor paint, and afterward the background. The crayon lines will help keep the paint from running together.

4 Responses

  1. CassieCS

    I did this activity tonight with 15 kids ages four through seven. It turned out great! I demonstrated the tracing and lines on my white board then turned them loose with crayons and watercolors. I was amazed at how each child produced a very different looking piece of art. I’ll take pictures when I pick up the dried works this weekend. Some were truly stunning! My favorite was by a four year old.

  2. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks CassieCS,
    So glad to hear that this project worked out well for you. I’d love to see photos if you have a chance to send them.


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