I love it when I see a fun science project that relates to art history, so I was really excited to find a great (and relatively simple) lesson while I was on Pinterest this weekend. Ana at Babble Dabble Do shows how to make the most amazing STEAM project— tiny dancers!
I immediately thought how fun it would be to incorporate a little Degas unit study with this project. Take a look at this Degas sculpture, and let's find some similarities between his art and this project.
Degas is famous for his paintings and sculptures of ballerinas. He did a series of metal sculptures with fabric details, like this one. This goes along perfectly with the idea of making a metal wire sculpture with a little skirt detail (like in the STEAM project).
After making your own tiny dancers, you could take a look at some of Degas' work, discuss the idea of movement in his art, note the similarities in the materials used in your STEAM project and the Degas sculpture, and then sketch or paint what you see when you watch your tiny dancer move about the table.
I've made a little Degas Quick Facts information sheet, including some of my favorite children's books about Degas. Enter your email below to join the mailing list. Along with a fun email of projects and art history ideas once a month, you'll also receive a link and password to the Resource Library where you can download lesson plans, checklists, and fun art history games to play with your kids.
Do you have a ballerina in your house who loves Degas? Did you make this project? Let me know how you liked it! Leave me a comment below, or find me on social media.