This is a project I have been doing with Grades 1/2. It relates to Calgary's history but can be adapted to whatever historical landmarks are in your area.
It's an 8"x10" canvas. This one is for the opening of the Calgary tower in 1967.
This one is for the establishment of Fort Calgary in 1875.
I give the students a choice for which one they want to complete.
Here is some student work.
- 8"x10" substrate, we use canvas, you could use cardboard or hardboard
- drywall filler
- recycled cardboard
- acrylic paint in sky blue, black, green, white, orange, red and purple
- scrap coloured paper, glitter paper
- black and red ribbon
- for Fort Calgary you need some twigs
- blue and red sharpies for Union Jack flag for Fort Calgary
- tacky glue
- printed text labels from the computer
- Mod Podge, optional
Cut pieces for your project out of recycled cardboard.
For the Calgary Tower we cut out the tower and some additional skyscrapers to represent downtown.
For Fort Calgary we cut out a Tipi, the main fort building, and the 2 towers.
I also had them add some drywall filler to the canvas to texture the sky a bit. Set aside to dry overnight.
After the drywall has dried it's time to start painting. I tape off the horizon line for the kids. This gives the kids a visual on where to stop painting. Calgary Tower is portrait style, Fort Calgary is landscape.
We paint the sky blue for both the Calgary Tower and Fort Calgary.
While the canvas is drying paint the parts and pieces.
Don't worry about the details just the background colours.
When the canvas is dry I lift the tape and move it up so the edge is right at the end of the blue sky.
For the Calgary Tower we paint the bottom black. For Fort Calgary we paint it green.
Remove the tape when the ground area is dry.
Using a sponge we sponged on some clouds. I find that if you moisten the sponge first you get a better result. You just want it damp.
When your parts and pieces are dry start adding details.
I used black ribbon for the tower and red ribbon for the trim on Fort Calgary.
We also used coloured paper and some glitter paper for our skyscraper windows.
Glue the pieces onto the canvas.
For Fort Calgary we add designs to the Tipi with coloured paper and ribbon, glue on windows and trim, and add a flagpole with a Union Jack we make out of paper and sharpies.
We also add some cut twigs to form the outer wall of the fort.
Glue into place.
You can add a coat of Mod Podge to seal everything into place and give the piece a nice shiny finish.
See you next time.