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Elements of art: Color 2/3

Posted on: September 24, 2009

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week  5   Grade   2/3

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

Elements of art: Color

Cost per student: $.06

Materials: chalk pastels (3 per student: red, blue, and yellow), 12+ little water dishes, black paper, sheets of newspaper, fixative (I scored several half full bottles at Scrap; good old Aqua Net works just fine too), primary colored acetate, scrap paper, pencils

Prep: I used the die cut machine to cut out tons of “O” shapes out of old scrap paper. I sandwiched a red, yellow or blue piece of acetate in between 2 Os and stapled around the edges; I made enough for each student to have one of each color to visually practice color mixing.

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

Vocabulary: primary, secondary, 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. Hand out the sets of acetate color filters (I put each set of 3 on a book ring for ease of distribution and use). Ask students to try out several combinations and then when they are done with the initial excitement, ask students to raise their hands and share specific findings. Fill in the color wheel with the secondary colors (I will use paper sections with a tape roll since I will need to repeat this 6-7 times). Check out the art on pages 20-23 of Art in Action.

3. At each desk, lay out a sheet of newspaper and a black sheet of art paper. Set up a tiny water tub (I got a sleeve of plastic gelato cups for 1 cent each or raid the recycle bin outside Whole Foods) half full of water and a red, blue, and yellow chalk stick at each child’s seat.

4. Demonstrate how to gently dip the end of the yellow chalk into the water (you can do it dry but it makes it much more vibrant) and draw something onto your black paper, perhaps a few flower petals. Remind them to set the chalk down gently, and the dip the end of the red chalk into the water and draw right on top of the yellow; it will make a pretty decent blend of orange. Let them experiment by filling up the whole page with primary colored areas and secondary custom blends.

5. When students are finished, have them lay their chalk drawing with the newspaper still under it in a neat pile. The newspaper will protect the drawing underneath it in the stack from getting smudged. When you have time, take the stack outdoors and use the fixative to make the drawings permanent. You will probably want to display these amazing pieces of art!

Reflections and feedback:

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