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Photo: Masami Tuko

Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: K-8 | Age: 5-14 | Written by: Written by: Karen West
[Karen is from Westfield, MA.]

Students will learn about Japanese fans as they create a fans using paper.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Discuss uses of fans such as functional use and artistic use.
  2. Fold paper in half horizontally or as I tell the students like a book.
  3. You may want to first make a template if doing this with younger students.On the folded side draw half of a fan shape (like a arch) and cut. The piece will resemble a arch shape.
  4. Lightly draw a piece from nature. My students drew leaning trees with branches and leaves.
  5. Using watercolor, make bold brush strokes. I emphasized using a quick brush stroke to fill in leaves. Use several colors or paint with the seasons. Let dry.
  6. Fold the paper back and forth, creasing each time. Gather the paper together to form the fan and staple or glue.

  7. Tape to popsicle sticks together to form a handle.
  8. Display the finished fans.

More Photos:

Cut the paper into an arch.

Pinch the paper together and tape.


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