My fifth graders were working on the learning objective: I can identify and use analogous colors. I found a great lesson from Linda Welling's website of glues outlined pumpkins that I thought would be a fun was to teach that learning objective. The first day we practiced drawing a large pumpkin with contour lines and added grass along the bottom of the paper. Then one white paper we drew with our glue bottles a pumpkin sitting in grass. The second day we review analogous colors and how a light source can make a color look lighter and a shadow can make a color look darker. We then used yellow orange, orange a red-orange to paint a wet - on - wet wash blending the colors and letting them puddle up "just like professional watercolor painters". We placed the lighter color at the top to show a light source and the darker at the bottom for a shadow. We then used yellow-green, green and blue green in our grass using the same painting technique. They then could paint their sky any color they wanted. When they dried the puddled watercolor created a neat effect with our color. On the final day we used a black ink pen to outline our glue lines. This final step really make the pumpkins stand out. They look great in the hall! Thank you Linda Welling for sharing your great ideas!
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