We looked at various hot air balloons, then created our shapes. First, students drew the shape of the hot air balloon on 12 x 18 drawing paper. I did have tracers of balloon shapes that helped them get started and then bold patterns were added in pencil.
Next came the painting. We used tempera paints and painted the shapes and patterns, starting with the lightest color and eventually ending with black. I demonstrated how to clean brushes on the placemats so the students NEVER rinsed their brushes. The students are pros with this concept and it keeps the paints vivid and opaque. Lastly, students outlined in black tempera paint.
Students cut out their balloons then glued them onto the pre-painted watercolor paper. Once we glued them down, the balloons seemed to really pop! Next, students added the baskets using oil pastels to created the woven effect and added more painted paper details such as clouds.