Teaching the Bell Tetrahedral Kite (Art Focus)

Level: Intermediate (3-5/6)
Grade from: 6
Grade to: 6
Length: Teacher Presentation: 30 minutes. Art/Decoration: 40 minutes - 1 hour. Kite Assembly: 40 minutes - 1 hour. Post Discussion: 20 minutes. Total: 130 - 170 minutes.

Focus: 

Students create a realistic drawing of a bird flying, employing the drawing techniques of cross hatching and diverse line qualities to suggest feathered textures.

Curriculum Integration: 

Developed and tested in conjunction with a local school and a visual arts consultant, this lesson plan was designed to integrate Washington State visual arts learning standards with a kite making activity. With specific targets, criteria and instructions, this lesson creatively teaches art learning standards.

Art Criteria Met:

Uses a variety of techniques in observational drawing

Understands and demonstrates the use of line through direction, type and quality

Recognizes and uses spatial devices and concepts to create depth

Materials: 

Lesson Planning: Bell Tetra Kite Kit Lesson plan (PDF file)

Purchase Kite Kits: Bell Tetra Kite Kit (with paper pattern, spars, flying line & winder), per student

Materials You Supply: Scissors; markers, pens, crayons, and/or watercolors; Scotch tape (clear, not “Magic”); water cup, per student

View the lesson plan (PDF file) for detailed instructional strategies.

Related Past Projects: 
Bell Tetra Kite Challenge