Olympics Inspired Art Project

I have loved watching the Rio Olympics as have my class. With so much community and good sportsmanship shown, the 2016 Olympics is truly something to celebrate. There have been plenty of history making moments in many Olympic sports, enough to stop nations around the world so we don't miss them. Such has been the enthusiasm for the Olympics, I created this Olympics inspired art project for my students to do this week. It's an art project suitable for students in the Early Years right through to Middle Primary or Middle School using simple materials found in most schools.


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Olympics Inspired Art Project - inspired by the 2016 Rio Olympics, this colourful multi media art project uses simple, easy to find materials and is suitable to preschoolers to middle school | you clever monkey
To start you will need four different coloured light weight cardstock (I chose the four colours from the Olympic rings), a lead pencil for sketching, and a black pencil or marker for finishing.

We then used the Rio Olympic pictograms as our inspiration. Pictograms are a graphic representation of each of the sports at the Olympics and this year, the Paralympics. Each student chose their favourite event from the Olympics which created some great classroom discussion as we worked out what event each pictogram represented. My students then used their lead pencisls to sketch the pictogram onto their card. 

Once they were happy with their design, they then coloured it in until it was solid black - like the missing Olympic ring colour.

They then tried to recreate their chosen pictogram using kitchen foil or alfoil as a 3D sculpture. When finished we wanted the black image underneath to look like a shadow to their foil shape. Making the foil sculpture was more challenging than many of the expected but they showed great persistence to complete them.

We then used pins pushed through the back of the card stock and into their sculpture to suspend them in front of their matching Olympics pictogram.

I love the way these turned out! 


Olympics Inspired Art Project - inspired by the 2016 Rio Olympics, this colourful multi media art project uses simple, easy to find materials and is suitable to preschoolers to middle school | you clever monkey

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Olympics Inspired Art Project - inspired by the 2016 Rio Olympics, this colourful multi media art project uses simple, easy to find materials and is suitable to preschoolers to middle school | you clever monkey

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15 comments

  1. Ha! This is awesome. I love the way they turned out... So very creative

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    1. Thanks Nae :) Yes, they did turn out well!

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  2. These are so creative! I love that there's two layers too look at. The shaded 'shadow' background really adds an extra element to the art.

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    1. The children have just loved the Olympics so wanted to make the work relevant to the Rio games by using the pictograms. They all did such a great job interpreting them :)

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  3. These are awesome!!!!

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  4. Love the idea of having the 3D piece and it's shadow, that really adds a layer to work with and explore

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    1. It does add that extra element of interest. Some people at first glance think it's just the shadow until the look more closely.

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  5. What an imaginative and creative idea. Your students must have loved the activity!!

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    1. Very engaged group of children which is always a great sign Trixi :)

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  6. Great idea! What grade or age did these?

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    1. Thanks Aaren :) This class were Yr 3's so mostly 7-8 year olds. I did the construction part at the end for them but the rest is their work.

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  7. Great idea! What grade or age did these?

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  8. These are so fabulous! Such a great way to focus children on the pictograms.

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  9. These look so awesome! I love the idea and can just imagine so many other learning concepts you could bring into this with older students. The ways symbols and logos and pictograms are used in advertising, and maybe leading to persuasive writing. Maybe shining a light to see shadows of the figures at different angles, which could then lead to sundials and time too. Or talking about different countries and cultures in the Olympics and how shadow puppets are a big part of some cultures!

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