Thursday, July 14, 2011

St Basil Cathedral Printable Project

This week St Basil Cathedral celebrated its 450th anniversary. What an amazing piece of architecture!  It was built under the rule of Ivan "the terrible" and it is said that he blinded the architect after its creation, so that he might never build anything so beautiful again.  It was almost destroyed under Stalin, but luckily the building was spared.

Today I thought I would share a project I did with the children I work with.  Some of you maybe aware that I am a licensed mental health therapist and board certified art therapist.  At some point, perhaps I will do a post just about that.  But for now, I just want to share my art project!

I was actually super pleased because the kids really liked doing the project.  It kept them occupied for nearly an hour and a half- which is really saying something when you work with a highly distracted group.  And their finished projects were beautiful!  All around win!  And just so you know, with this project we worked on listening and following directions, problem solving, dealing with frustration, and project completion.
Here are my easy peasy directions
Step One:  Print these templates! 
    Step Two:  Color!  Use lots of bright fun colors in unexpected combinations!  Just have fun!
    Step Three: Cut out the different building segments
    Step Four:  Put the pieces together in whatever way you choose to create your own unique piece of architecture.  I showed my students a few combinations- stacking a couple of large bases, then putting a column, and topping it off with an onion dome.  They didn't need much in the way of demonstration before they completely understood the concept. 
    Step Five:  Glue down your building on a large piece of construction paper.  You might have to make two separate buildings in order to use all of the pieces and so that it might fit on your construction paper.
    Step Six: Show off your finished piece of artwork!  

    Happy Constructing!


      1. Thank you so very, very much for this wonderful printable! I teach a culture camp for kids adopted from Russia and it's very hard to find Russian themed crafts. I know they will love this printable. You have made my day, as camp is coming up in two weeks!

      2. Cheryl! I love that this project was helpful:-) Thanks so much for visiting me! Happy Camping!

      3. This is awesome! This homeschooling mother thanks you a million times for these templates.

      4. I just did this craft with my daughter's Girl Scout troop, but we took your templates and copied them onto bright colored construction paper, cut out all the pieces and let the girls paste away. With 22 5-8 year olds, it was a great way for us to do this craft! My daughter is a Russian adoptee, and this made her day. All the girls loved it!

      5. What an incredible project! Thank you so much more sharing!!!!

      6. Thanks so very much for sharing. Will great to use for our school age church school class.


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