Up, Up and Away Hot Air Balloons

One of the first elements of learning perspective is noticing that things that are far away from you appear smaller than those that are near. Students use precut circles in this project to make hot air balloons that appear to be floating up, up and away...
1. I used circle punches to make three sizes of circles ranging from 1.5" to 3" circles. Students chose three, one in each size, and glued them onto their paper.
2. The rope lines were drawn with a pencil, starting with a curved one around the middle of the circle, a basket centered below, and then rope lines connecting the two. When complete, the pencil lines were traced with a thin black marker.
3. Clouds were drawn in the background, and the sky and basket were colored in with crayons.
Thanks to Tilee, a talented 3rd grader, for letting me share her beautiful drawing made today.
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