31 Mar


1st grade students read two books to get us ready for our rainy day collages: Rain Rain Rivers by Uri Shulevitz and vintage children’s book The Wet Walk by Carol Woodard. Students used their pattern skills to create designs for their U-shaped umbrellas using a black crayon. Bleeding tissue paper was placed over their umbrellas and painted over with water to create a watercolor effect. 

The next class, students cut out their umbrellas and made a handle. We assembled our umbrellas upside down to catch the rain! For the finishing touch, students painted raindrops using shiny, metallic paint. A great project for the start of spring!


  1. traczy555 April 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    I LOVE THESE. Hope you do not mind, but I am totally going to use this one. Thanks for your wonderful blog.

    • colorsofmyday April 24, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      Thank you for your kind words! And go right ahead! I’ve gotten so many great ideas from other art bloggers and am happy to share with others. Hope your students enjoy!

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