Lanterns & Luminaries
Using AP-Sealed Art Materials
Grade Level(s)
Activity time: Two 45-minute class periods
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Gelly roll pens
  • Alcohol-based markers
  • Brush pens
  • Black pen
  • Glue stick
  • Vellum with templates printed (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Small flameless candles
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Stage 1 – Desired Results

Established Goal(s)/Content Standard(s):

Anchor Standard VA:Cr1.2: Refine and complete artistic work.
7th Grade - VA:Cr2.7.1:

Anchor Standard: VA:Cn10.1: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Transfer Goal(s):
  • Create plans for work.
  • Develop an independent artistic vision.
Students will understand that:
  • Artists experiment with media and art-making approaches.
  • Lanterns and luminaries, while different, can signify important events.
Essential Question(s):
  • How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures?
Student Objectives (outcomes):
Students will be able to:
  • Explore a variety of media.
  • Create a pattern or design for their subject.
  • Construct the lantern template.

Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s):
  • Develop patterns and designs for their idea.
  • Create the patterns and designs on the lantern.
  • Construct the lantern template.
Other Evidence:
  • Self-reflection
  • Class critique

Stage 3 – Learning Plan

Learning Activities:
  • Step 1: Hand out images of a variety of lanterns to small groups of students. Ask them to put them into categories. Depending on age you can assign (ie: by color) or let students decide how they should be grouped. Call on groups to report their findings.
  • Step 2: Ask students to choose something they want to celebrate or something they are grateful for. Hand out practice paper and ask students to create patterns and designs for their lantern.
  • Step 3: Pass out pre-print templates on vellum sheets (download here). Make sure to let it dry for a few minutes so the ink doesn’t smear.
  • Step 4: When finished, assemble with these steps:
  • 1. Decorate the template.
  • 2. Cut the template along solid lines.
  • 3. Carefully cut along dashed lines. Discard piece labeled DISCARD.
  • 4. Fold along the dotted lines.
  • 5. Add glue to the tabs. Press the tabs into the sides of the shape. Add tape to hold them in place.
  • 6. Tape a flameless candle to the light tab. Make sure the on/off switch is accessible. Fold the light tab to tuck the flameless candle into the lantern.
  • Step 5: As a class, talk about the successes in the works. Have students reflect on their process and their work.

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