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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Patterned Hot Air Balloons

Created on January 28, 2021 by Catriplett1

Introduce your class to the world of Hot Air Balloons. This fun and whimsical project is great for multiple grade and skill levels. Students will create unique hot air balloons decorated with a wide of different patterns.

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5 sessions; 30 minutes per session

1. SWBAT discuss the difference between shape and form.

2.SWBAT accurately identify each of the basic parts of a hot air balloon and use these terms when discussing their work.

3.SWBAT draw a hot air balloon.

4.SWBAT define values.

5.SWBAT shading.

1. Drawing paper (I used 12 x 18, but you can decide what size works for your class).

2. Pencil.

3. Pick your medium - I used colored pencils, but I can see these working with marks, paint, etc.

4. Computer - to look up references of hot air balloons and patterns.

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1. Teacher will introduce the lesson by teaching the basic parts of a hot air balloon. (5-10 minutes).

2. Teacher will demonstrate how to draw a hot air balloon (5 minutes)

3. Students will practice drawing hot air balloons and designing (and/or searching for) patterns. 20-30 minutes.

4. Students will lightly sketch out their hot air balloons (I required 3) 5-10 minutes

5. Students will shade each gore (rib or bump in the balloon) to show dimensions. They will use the color(s) that will be used in each pattern. 10-30 minutes.

6. Students will lightly sketch out their patterns (1 for each gore) 10-30 minutes.

7. Students will finish coloring each gore or go over each drawn like so it is no longer just a pencil line 10-30 minutes.

8. Students will complete this assignment by coloring the basket and placing a colored pattern in the background 15-30 minutes

I use the following link for the correct hot air balloon terminology.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Form, Line, Movement, Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Space, Variety

Acrylic, Colored Pencil, Marker, Painting