With this project we were reviewing the secondary colors and geometric vs. freeform shapes. We began by looking at the work, Beasts of the Sea by Henri Matisse and found both learning objectives in his piece.
We then created one panel using a column of secondary colored geometric shapes. We cut out and added freeform shapes and the scraps or negative paper similar to the way Matisse created his work. The final step was to add a spiral, and some smaller shapes scattered around in neutral colors to finish the piece off.
I found the idea for this lesson @ dripdripsplattersplash.blogspot.com
We focused on the secondary colors, painting with control and mixing two colors to get a new color. We began by dividing our paper into six equal parts and then traced one large, one medium and one small circle in the center of each box. We traced the drawing with black crayon. Then we began to paint neatly using only the primary colors of paint and filled in three boxes. Then we practiced mixing the primaries to create the secondary colors. The last three boxes were painted using the secondary colors that we made. This lesson idea was found at jamestownelementaryartblog.blogspot.com.
Second grade began by drawing concentric circles filling their paper. We then used one secondary color to mix tints (color + white) and shades (color + black) of that color. Our learning objective is to use two colors of paint and mix them to make a third. Finally we use construction paper to create a tree along the edge of our paper. They could add a silhouette of an owl in their tree if they wanted to. I found this idea on Pintrest @ http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/upload/185562447117627958_zv9BSW2Z.jpg
This is a slight variation of a lesson example I found on Flickr. com by Artsy_T. I should warn you, the first day of color mixing was a complete mess but well worth it after seeing the finished work!
I was covering the learning objective: I can produce the secondary colors.
The first day each student got two 9 x 12" and one 9 x 6" sheets of white paper. I set out the three primary colors with spoons and had each child put a spoon full of two primary colors in center of paper and mix with large paint brush. They were told to mix orange and violet on the two large papers and mix green on the small paper. (I did mention they needed more yellow than the other primary to make a nice shade of orange and green.) What a mess but they absolutely loved it!
The second class we glued a 8 x 11" black paper onto the center of the violet. I then asked them to draw a "roundish" shape on the back of the orange, cut out and glue to center of black paper. They used scrap black & white papers to create eyes and mouth with teeth. I told them if their eyes didn't match or their mouth was crocked, it was okay and would just add to their pumpkin's character. I stressed how I wanted each to look different. This really made the classes relax and "go with the flow."
Finally we cut a wavy or zigzag down the middle of the green and cut one half into strips and glued along the bottom of paper for grass and added one green strip to top for stem. I love them and they did too! Thanks to Artsy_T on Flickr.com for sharing.
First Grade finished their Primary & Secondary Colored Fish today. We colored the last three fish by mixing two primary colors to get a secondary color. The kids thought it was "cool" that you can mix crayons and not just paint. After all the fish were colored we then painted the background with blue watercolor. They did a great job!
Today first grade started a crayon resist. We started with two different sized ovals and traced each three times. Then we turned each oval into a fish by adding heads, fins and tails. We traced our drawing with black permanent marker and colored three of our six fish in each of the primary colors. Next time we will mix the primaries to make the three secondaries and paint watercolor for the background. I can't wait to see how they turn out. Thanks to Trica Mucklow from Churchill Elementary, Oswego, IL for sharing this lesson on Artsonia.com.
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