Magazine article Arts & Activities

Star Books

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Star Books

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A star book is a three-dimensional book. It can be hung "in-the-round or displayed on a table, sculpturally. This star book has five pages. Each page has a "window" foreground and a background area for drawing and/or adding text.

Star books work well with a theme or concept. The third-grade class that made these books was studying about California's Channel Islands. On each page, the students depicted a different aspect they were learning about: the ice-age pigmy mammoths, the Chumash Indians, ocean life surrounding the kelp forests, the island fox and seals that inhabit the islands.

The students worked on the pages during art time, as well as independently between classes. (Even though the pages are relatively small, the books take a considerable time to make.) Students first sketched with pencil, then used colored pencils and, finally, traced their sketch lines with a black fine-tip marker.

Each of the pages had a cut construction paper window the students decorated with markers. Some chose to create decorations related to the illustration on that page.

Once decorated, the window was glued to the page. (Note: Glue is used sparingly and only along the sides of the pages, not along the top or bottom or the page won't open properly.)

All five of the finished pages are glued together back-to-back except for one section, which allows the book to be closed. On this unglued section, a tag board cover is glued. We decorated our covers using three shades of green acrylic paint and combs to create an abstract design, simulating kelp swaying in the ocean surrounding the islands. …

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