Sumi-e Ink Paintings: 7th graders were asked to create a wet-in-wet background with watercolor and then paint either bamboo stalks or a tree form over the background. At least 5 different values of ink had to be shown.
Starburst mirror with dollar store supplies (metallic-painted bamboo skewers, mirrors in various sizes with card-stock backs, hot glue) I want to try this but will probably go w metal rods and for backers use washers or metal discs w/ gold or silver plate. That way I could solder them on. Cost a little more but will last longer.