Apr 28, 2010

Willow Pattern Paper Plates

My mum has always had a large Willow Pattern collection and the images have fascinated me for a long time. This lesson is inspired by her collection and this Willow Pattern plate activity at Activity Village.
My grade 5 students first read the Willow Pattern story, viewed pieces of Willow Pattern china and then chose their own part of the story to illustrate. Their designs were transferred to paper plates and painted using fine brushes. Students had to create tints and shades to mix their own different shades of blue for painting. 

There is a very cute little youtube video of The Willow Pattern Story, also illustrated by children here. There is also a children's book called The Willow Pattern Story by Allan Drummond which I haven't read but looks like a great resource for this project.


  1. These are fabulous! Blue Willow china has a special place in my heart. My daughter and I did some Blue Willow drawings when she was in Kindergarten. Now we want to revisit this, painting on plates with her other just-completed-4th girlfriends. You have inspired us!

  2. Woohoo! You should track down the willow pattern story to read to your daughter - the design made much more sense to us once we'd read it.

  3. These are wonderful. I bet Claude Monet would have liked these plates for his dining room wall display. I like them on the yellow background.

  4. Love, love, LOVE!!! I used to do this lesson with blue markers with my students but I like your painted plates so much more!! Just beautiful. : )

  5. I've been wanting to do this forever! I have lots of pictures of blue willow plates to use. thanks for the post!

  6. Just posted my version of this lesson - it was so much fun, thank you!


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