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French Art Activities for Kids

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

France is known for its history, architecture, food, and art. These wonderful qualities make it the perfect subject for classroom learning. Use this list of art activities to add some French flair to your curriculum.

French Art Activities for Kids

The culture of France is unique and alluring. Between the yummy bread and cheese to the groundbreaking fashion and architecture, many believe that the French way of life can't be beat. These activities bring a bit of France to the classroom and will have your students shouting, 'Vive la France'!

Popsicle Stick Eiffel Tower Activity

The Eiffel Tower is a popular symbol for the country of France. This fun activity gives students a bit of knowledge about this Parisian structure and allows students to create a model.

Materials

  • Assorted images of the Eiffel Tower
  • A list of facts about the Eiffel Tower
  • Heavy cardboard cut into 6x6 inch squares
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Fast-drying clear glue
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  • Begin by displaying the images of the Eiffel Tower for the class.
  • Review key facts about the Eiffel Tower for the class.
  • Instruct the students to use the images as a guide in the construction of a small model of the Eiffel Tower. Students should use the cardboard as a base and the Popsicle sticks and glue to build the structure.
  • When the students have finished building their models of the Eiffel Tower, have them paint them with the acrylic paints to resemble the original.

Flag of France Activity

The flag of France is a simple yet powerful design, symbolizing the strength of the people following the French Revolution. Students will recreate the flag in this hands-on activity.

Materials

  • Images of the flag of France
  • A list of facts about the flag and its origins
  • Poster board in red, white, and blue
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Fine-tipped markers

Instructions

  • Display the images of the French flag for the class.
  • Review the critical facts about the French flag for the class.
  • Ask students to use the images on display in the classroom as a guide in the creation of their own French flags using the poster board and glue.
  • When each student has finished constructing their model of the French flag, have them use the fine-tipped markers to write a simple poem on the flag based on what they learned about it and its significance.

French Masters Art Collage Activity

France is known for producing highly skilled and influential artists. This activity builds upon the well-known works of the masters.

Materials

  • A list of famous French artists along with images of their key works
  • Full color photocopies of miniature images of fine art created by the French masters (this can be created by copying and pasting 10-15 images per page from the Internet)
  • Oversized construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  • Host a brief class discussion where you introduce each French master, provide a bit about their life and work, and allow students to ask related questions.
  • Distribute the construction paper to the class, one sheet per student.
  • Tell students to cut out the photocopied images from the French masters, using them to create a collage on their papers.
  • Once the students have finished their collages, have them use the acrylic paints to embellish them with a French flair.

French Paper Dolls Activity

French fashion is renowned throughout the world. This simple activity gives students the opportunity to design haute couture styles of their own.

Materials

  • French fashion magazines
  • A list of famous French fashion designers along with photographs of their creations
  • Cardstock
  • Copy paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors

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