3D Flamenco Dancer
The project should easily be accomplished by ages 4 and up with help from a parent or guardian.
30 min - 1 hour
Let’s take a trip to Spain and learn about the traditional dance of Flamenco and the music that accompanies it! This week with ARTmobile@home, we will be using simple materials to create a 3D Flamenco dancer.
EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMEKids will have the opportunity to learn about Flamenco dancing and catch a glimpse into Spanish culture and history by creating this project.
Flamenco is a complex art form incorporating poetry, singing (cante), guitar playing (toque), dance (baile), polyrhythmic hand-clapping (palmas), and finger-snapping (pitos).
Most flamenco songs can fall into three broad categories:
- Cante jondo, or cante grande (profound, or grand song), which is profoundly emotional and deals with themes of death, anguish, despair, or religion.
- Cante intermedio (intermediate song), a hybrid resulting from the fusion of cante jondo with Spanish music styles.
- Cante chico (light song), which tends to deal with less serious, often humorous, or romantic subjects.
Learn more about Flamenco from the Britannica Kids website.
- Construction paper or cardboard
- Red and white tissue paper
- Start making your flamenco dancer by cutting a piece of white and red tissue paper
- Scrunch up the white paper and wrap the red around it. Fan it out to look like the bottom of a skirt and glue the two-colored papers together.
- Flip your tissue paper over and apply more glue to secure it to your construction paper or cardboard.
- Next, take another piece of red tissue paper, scrunch it up, and twist one end to make a thin point. Add glue to secure the pointed shape.
- Continue adding glue until the entire body section is secure to the construction paper or cardboard.
- For the sleeves, cut two small pieces of tissue paper, scrunch them up, and glue them down.
- Next, draw arms out of the sleeve (we did ours to look abstract) and add hands if you’d like.
- Continue drawing the silhouette of the head and include a large bun for hair. Color in the bun with a sharpie.
- Finally, cut and scrunch up one more small piece of red tissue paper and glue it onto the dancer’s bun to create a flower.
- And there you have it, your very own flamenco dancer!