Symmetrical Castles and quills

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This week, the artists at Woodside Elementary visited Europe. We have learned everything there is to learn about castles: why there were built, where and when, why where they built the way they were, what materials were used, why did they have small windows and moats… We have also looked at a lot of pictures and found out that a lot of the castles are symmetrical.

For the art project we made our own castle: symmetrical cutout of a castle made out of brown recycled paper. Then we glued it onto a black piece of paper and decorated the castle the way we would have if it were still Middle ages. We used real quills!

Kids used huge goose feathers (with the 45-degree cut on the bottom) dipped in ink to add bricks, windows, gates, vines and anything else they wanted to their castle. They had a blast and were amazing!

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When we were done, we had couple of minutes to spare so we made out family crests as well. Everybody got one template and decorated it with whatever they wanted. Some kids took it seriously and drew stuff that represented their family the best, some took it silly and drew a dragon sitting on bacon… nevertheless, they had a blast!

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Medieval Castle & Feathers

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My kids (as probably any other preschoolers) love going to the farm and picking up feathers. We have quite a collection at home. We have already made headbands and collages out of them. Now it was time to try drawing with them.

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And what other thing to draw than a Medieval castle? I showed them pictures of a lot of castles and family crests and talked to them about the way feathers used to be used instead of pencils. Then we got ink out (in small containers with a lid in which I made a small hole for the feather) – and I am proud to say there we NO spills! Then they each chose their favorite feather and I cut its tip (45 degrees).

They folded a paper and drew half of the castle. Then cut it out, opened it and learned about symmetry.

We glued those castles onto black paper and started decorated it with the feathers and ink. The loved it! And my son even added a dragon – he insisted that every castle needs one. I agree.