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Elements of Art: Value K/1

Posted on: October 10, 2009

japanese garden 039This first grader used their stamps to create tints and shades different hues.

This first grader used their stamps to create tints and shades different hues.

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week   6  Grade   K/1

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

Elements of Art: Value

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: broad tipped water based markers, white paper, newspapers, some sort of rubber stamps (I got a box of castoff carved eraser stamps from the art college here in town through SCRAP, you could also use Pink Pearl erasers and just wash them later if you don’t want to carve them up into rubber stamps), plastic lids, 12 paper towels, paint chips with a hue and subsequent tints and shades.

Students will be able to identify the use of value in artworks and use value in their own composition.

Vocabulary: Value, hue, tint, shade

1. Have the students gather on the carpet, and share copies of Art in Action. On pages 40 through 44 we will review color mixing from last week and also talk about using black and white to create tints and shades. Look at an example of artwork done primarily in one hue with tints and shades to highlight the idea.

2. I cut up the paint chips apart so there were 5 discreet colors, from light to dark, and I put them in little flat containers (I find kinders can’t always use paper clips too well). Have the kids work in pairs on the carpet to order the colors from the darkest shade to the lightest tint.

3. Back at their tables, lay out a sheet of newspaper, a sheet of white paper, a few markers (make sure there are several extra black markers) at each table, several stamps and a tray or lid with a folded, water dampened paper towel on top of it. This will help the kids keep the stamps clean.

4. Show the kids how to lay the stamp printing side up, and color the face of the stamp with the marker. Press it to the paper to leave behind a print of the hue, then shift and print again to show a tint (get them to understand you are removing color to make it lighter, more of the white paper is showing through), and keep going until the tint is very light. Then show them how you can color the stamp with the same color marker, and a black marker to make a shade of that hue, stamp again, shift and stamp again to make a lighter shade, etc.

5. Clean the stamp by stamping the wet paper towel multiple times. Switch stamps if they want, or keep using the same one throughout the project. I am going to challenge the first graders to incorporate some sort or linear design, like stamping a border or an array, while I just feel the kinders will be challenged enough with the technique and results.

Reflections and feedback: During clean up, I will have the kids put all the stamps into a bin of water with Windex or some similar cleaner to get them back to “blank” for the next group. If you are using plain erasers, just do this, let them dry, and return them to your classroom supplies the next day, good as new.

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