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Water is a huge theme in art, and one that we'll explore in detail in the coming weeks. This week, we're going to be focusing on something that has captivated artists for centuries - waterfalls. We're going to be making our own 3D decorated pop-up waterfall model. There's a few things you need to know first!


This will be our blank template - if you can't print it off, you can copy it onto a sheet of blank paper. It doesn't have to be exact, just make sure you use a ruler!


Here's what we're going to do with the template - fold it along the lines like this so it stands out (as you can see, this one is drawn - so it doesn't have to match the above template exactly, just get as close as you can).


Once you've done that, you need to chop out the waterfall part so it sticks out - don't cut off the top bit! We still need it attached. Make sure you draw some rocks at the bottom of your waterfall - the geographic word for this is deposition, you can see all the rocks at the bottom American side of Niagara Falls.


Once you've done that, it's time to add detail and colour! Here's an example, but you can be as detailed as you like, or even base it on a real waterfall picture.


Next, you need to stick the waterfall to the end of the paper. If you're after a side of geography to go with your main course of art, you can label your model - 1 is hard rock which the water takes longer to wear through. 2 is the waterfall, you might have guessed that. 3 is the soft rock which the water is wearing away. 4 is the gorge that the waterfall is carving. 5 is the deposit of rocks, and 6 is what's called the 'plunge pool', where the waterfall crashes down and makes a deep pool...although don't go swimming in a waterfall's plunge pool.


If you've got your home school learning book, you can make your model a true pop-up! Place your model over a double page in the centre and glue the base to the right page and back to the left page. When you open it up, it'll pop up like this!


Make sure you take a picture to send me of your finished waterfall!