Teaching the Kono Butterfly Kite (Art Focus)

Level: Primary (K-2)
Grade from: 2
Grade to: 2
Length: Teacher Presentation: 30 minutes. Art/Decoration: 40 minutes - 1 hour. Kite Assembly: 40 minutes - 1 hour. Post Discussion: 20 minutes. Total: 130 - 170 minutes.

Focus: 

Students paint with ink on the kite sails, adding a range of line qualities and then selectively adding warm and cool colors.

Curriculum Integration: 

Developed and tested in conjunction with a local school and a visual arts consultant, this lesson plan was designed to integrate Washington State visual arts learning standards with a kite making activity. With specific targets, criteria and instructions, this lesson creatively teaches art learning standards.

Art Criteria Met:

Identifies and demonstrates different types of line qualities

Identifies and uses warm/cool colors

Materials: 

Lesson Planning: Lesson plan (PDF file)

Purchase Kite Kits: Kono Butterfly Kite Kit (with paper pattern, spars, flying line & winder), per student

Materials You Supply: Scissors; Scotch tape; markers, pens, crayons, and/or watercolors, per student

View the lesson plan (PDF file) for detailed instructional strategies.

Watch a video to learn how to construct this kite.

Related Past Projects: 
Kite Curriculum Project