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Elements of Art: Color 4/5

Posted on: September 22, 2009

art 038Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week 4    Grade   4/5

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of art: Color

Cost per student: $.18 (please note that includes 3 whole bottles of paint and brushes that can be used long after this lesson)

Materials: Yellow, blue and red tempera, plastic lids for palettes, dish soap, paintbrushes, cups of water, pencils, paper, old newspaper to cover desks, paint chips in about 24 different primary and secondary colors (mine are like cards, about 2” square), old misprint labels, 1 large piece of paper for color chart.

Students will be able to: identify primary colors, identify and mix secondary and tertiary colors

Vocabulary: primary, secondary, tertiary, color

Definition: the hue, value and intensity of an object seen by the human eye

1. Gather students together on the carpet. On chart paper, have a 3 point color triangle laid out on the page. Ask students to name the colors you have already filled in. Explain that these are the primary colors, and with these colors they can make many other colors. Depending on your group, this may be old hat but I was surprised how few of these kids knew how to mix secondary colors, so you may amend as necessary.

2. Give each kid a paint chip and old label; show them how to roll up the label into a tape bubble and stick it to the back of their color sample. Explain that they will add their colors in turn. Ask students to tell what colors are made when you blend the primary colors; have the kids with purple, orange and green add their colors to the chart where they belong. Now ask what color you might end up with if you mixed a primary and secondary, like blue and green. Have the kids with the matching paint chip add their tertiary colors to the chart, and so on and so forth until the color wheel is filled out satisfactorily.

3. Back at their seats, have them put their names on the backs of the papers. Have them use their pencils to draw 3 or 4 overlapping shapes (a nice tie in from the previous lesson); this will provide some sort of structure for their color experiments. They do not have to stick to simply filling them in – the whole page can be swirled with patterns, flowing lines, etc. However, a little planning helps the kids who would have no idea where to start and then run out of time.

Note: Before you dispense paint, mix about 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap with the tempera, and if it does get on their clothes, it will wash out so much easier. That’s a tip from my mom, a former kindergarten teacher. J

4. Demonstrate the proper technique for pulling a paintbrush through color (no smashing or grinding, please!) and washing a brush, pulling it across the mouth of the cup to remove most excess water.  Let them mix and paint; encourage them to fill the whole page with color, edge to edge. For management purposes, I might have palettes made up in the back of the room on a empty table, I would deliver them quickly while other students pass out brushes and ½ full water cups. That way they will actually listen while you explain the parameters, man that paint is tempting.

5. Lay paintings in the hallway on the newspapers to dry. Display with pride! Have the kids dump their gooey palettes in a half full bucket of soapy water to reduce dishwashing headaches.

Reflections and feedback: SCRAP had a billion donated page dividers; I cut off the plastic tabs and 3hole punched edge and am using the sturdy remaining portion as the paper for this lesson. Of course I will show the kids this. Resourceful!

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