Kite-Nouveau lesson plan

Bring on the sun with this decorative paisley kite. Create the luscious look of Art Nouveau with Crayola® Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons.

  • 1.

    Look at the artwork of Gustav Klimt and other artists who created in the Art Nouveau style. They used intricate patterns in their work, including paisley designs and other methods of ornamentation. Imagine how beautiful these colorful patterns would look hanging in a window!

  • 2.

    Measure a large trapezoid (diamond) or other kite shape on a sheet of acetate. Cut it out with Crayola® Scissors.

  • 3.

    With Crayola Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons, draw beautiful Art Nouveau patterns on your kite. Fill the space with luscious color!

  • 4.

    Create a tail for your kite with smaller pieces of acetate, yarn, and colors. Attach the tail to the kite with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 5.

    When you are finished, use clear adhesive tape to attach your kite to a window. Enjoy the colors in your classroom.


  • Children research Art Nouveau artists and techniques.
  • Students measure and cut a trapezoidal acetate kite.
  • Children design paisley or similar Art Nouveau patterns on a decorative kite.


  • Research the artwork of Gustav Klimt and the relationship of his work to the stained glass of Ravenna, Italy. Create a theme kite that reflects understanding of these events.
  • Explore contemporary art by artists such as Peter Max. Discuss the relationship of this art to Art Nouveau, and create a kite using similar imagery.
  • Find out why kites play an important role in the celebration of Chinese New Year.