Students continued their journey through history by learning about art in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance period. They learned about stained glass and how colored glass was used in churches and cathedrals to tell biblical stories. They were shown pictures of windows such as the Rose Window at Notre Dame. I came across a beautiful picture on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/46654546115369876/ and thought it could be simplified for 1st and 2nd graders.
White sulphite paper, oil pastels and puffy paint were used for this project. Students were instructed to draw at least five misshaped circles on their paper with smaller circles inside. These were to be the poppy flower heads. They then drew two lines from each circle down to the bottom of the page for the stems of each flower. The next step was to divide their paper into sections. These lines would represent the stained glass. Students then carefully colored in their design. The last step was adding the ‘lead’ of the windows. This was done using black puffy paint. I loved this project, particularly as it fell so close to Veteran’s Day.