Cool Art Tools

4 days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements, organizational principles, patterns, relationships, techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies, tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

Objectives:

·         Students will create a watercolor painting using cool colors and familiar, everyday art tools located in the classroom.

·         Students will learn and know what the cool colors are.

·         Students will learn how to paint properly with watercolors.

Vocabulary Words:

Cool colorsgreens, blues, andblue-violets, watercolor paints (how to use – more water on the brush than pigment), overlapping, outline, pattern

Preparation:

·         Lay out a variety of art tools (scissors, rulers, glue bottles, etc.)

·         Get out watercolor paints, brushes, cups, and paper towel on painting days. Have students help get water (1/2 cup full of water), pass out brushes, paper towel, and paint trays.

·         Students need to help pass out and lay newspaper on desks on painting days.

Materials and Resources:

·         Example of “Cool Art Tools”

·         Evaluation sheet

·         12x18” white paper

·         Pencil

·         Art tools – scissors, rulers, glue bottles, etc.

·         Watercolor paints, brushes, and water cups

·         Newspaper

·         Paper towel

·         Colored markers

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation – Instruction:

·         Show and explain how everyday art tools can be traced and overlapped to create an interesting design.

·         Discuss and show what the cool colors are using the color wheel (“colors of winter”). Have students name some objects in the room that are colored in just the cool colors and/or have them show if they are wearing any of the cool colors.

·         Teacher will show example of the project.

·         Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.

·         (On painting day 1, explain and show how to use watercolor paints).

Procedure:

Day1:

·         Show and explain how everyday art tools can be traced and overlapped to create an interesting design.

·         Discuss and show what the cool colors are using the color wheel (“colors of winter”). Have students name some objects in the room that are colored in just the cool colors and/or have them show if they are wearing any of the cool colors.

·         Show example of the project.

·         Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.

·         Have students select about 2-3 art tools and begin tracing the objects (trying to overlap some), with a pencil, in an interesting pattern onto their 12x18 piece of white paper.

Day 2:

·         Students will finish tracing the art tools.

·         Students will outline their tools with cool colored markers (trying to evenly space out the colors – students need to use green, purple, and blue markers).

Day 3:

·         Students will paint inside their drawn art tools (painting will match marker outline on tools) with cool colored watercolors.  (At the beginning of the hour have students help pass out newspaper to protect desks, have them also help get water cups, brushes, paper towels, and paint trays).

·         Before painting begins, teacher will explain the rules of painting and how to appropriately paint with watercolors.

Day 4:

·         Students will finish painting their “Cool Art Tools.” (Option: instead of leaving the background white, students may choose one warm (reds, yellows, and oranges) color to paint the background in).

 

Resources:

Adapted from Lisa Hester - www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/elem58.html