We are working on identifying warm and cool colors and reviewing directional line; horizontal, vertical and diagonal. We began by using a ruler and directional lines to design our own skyscraper on tall white paper. Next we traced our drawing with black marker. We then used warm or cool colors to paint a second paper practicing using watercolor washes. The last step was to cut out the skyscraper drawing and glue onto the painted paper. I found this lesson idea at http://www.deepspacesparkle.com and changed it slightly to fit our current learning objectives. My instructional video can be found below. The handout for skyscraper ideas can be found here.
Third grade is working on the learning objective "I can identify and use directional lines, horizontal, vertical & diagonal." We focused just on horizontal & vertical lines with this lesson and reviewed the primary & secondary colors before painting. I asked the class to paint a rainbow of vertical lines. The second class we cut a variety of horizontal lines across our rainbow and glued our pieces onto black construction paper leaving space between each piece to create the horizontal lines.
I found this lesson idea from: thecleverfeather.blogspot.com
The the learning objective for this lesson was: I can create an alternating pattern.
We first drew a loopy line horizontally along the top of our paper and then added the rectangles for clothespins. I then gave each child a mitten pattern to trace under each of the clothespins.
They then chose two different lines for each mitten to create an alternating pattern. I encouraged them to alternate their patterns from horizontal to vertical. We traced our drawing with black marker and colored with crayon.
For this lesson idea, I was inspired by a piece of art I found on thepaintbar.com
Third grade is working on identify and using warm & cool colors. So we looked at Charles Demuth's "Figure Five in Gold" and discussed his use of warm and cool colors and directional lines.
I then introduced them to the iPad app Sketchbook and we created two layers to work on. The first layer we focused on drawing a block style number with directional lines in the background. (We used black line in similar thicknesses.)
The second layer we focused on coloring our number in one warm color and the background in as many different cool colors they could create. The results were wonderful!
Thanks to my friend Sherry Sanning from Garrett elementary for sharing this lesson idea with me.
This week first grade is working on the learning objective: I can identify directional lines (vertical, horizontal & diagonal. Each student used three primary colored strips to draw a wavy, straight or zigzag line along each edge and cut out. (We were trying to get a thick construction paper strip of the line of their choice.) Each line was glued down in each of the directions we discussed before beginning the lesson. They then used a white crayon to label each one with the beginning letter to demonstrate their understanding of the objective. Thanks to Sue Bober for sharing this lesson with me and Jayme Durrwachter for sharing the idea of labeling the lines.
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