Maia made this tissue paper stained glass yesterday. It's a fun, easy project from MaryAnn Kohl's latest book, Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters.
I've been flipping through this book lately while nursing Daphne. Each double one or two page spread features an artist with a brief bio, a few examples of his or her work, and an art project in the style of the artist. There are so many interesting projects! Although the book is geared toward elementary school-aged kids, many of the projects have a "for younger kids" variation as well.
We went straight for the regular (older kids) version of this stained glass, mostly because I forgot that there was a younger kids variation. First we cut out shapes from colored tissue paper (I helped her with some of the circles), then Maia applied them to the contact paper which I had taped, sticky side out, to the window.
We placed a second sheet of contact paper over the first, sandwiching the tissue paper in between. Then Maia used a sharpie to trace the shapes. Her tracings are much more freehand than the examples in the book, made by older kids.
I love how it looks!
The final step is to attach black colored masking tape around the edges to create the frame for the stained glass. I used regular masking tape (see the top photo) since that's all I had. I could have made a frame from black constuction paper as well—maybe next time. And there will definitely be a next time. Maia loved this project and wanted to make more stained glass windows right away, but unfortunately we didn't have any contact paper left.
Have any of you used this book, yet?
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