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Elements of art: Value 2/3

Posted on: October 20, 2009

art 069Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week 6    Grade  2/3

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

Elements of Art: Value

Cost per student: $.10 (though paint and brushes can be used all year long)

Materials: white paper, water colors (black, white and a color; you can just show them how to add water to the color if you don’t have white), brushes, newspaper, water dishes, paint samples, black crayons.

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. Gather students in a circle in the meeting area. Show them some pictures of art that highlights the use of value. Ask them to share what they notice in the picture; hopefully someone will point out that the artist uses light and dark colors. Explain that the word for the basic color is hue. How can artists make a hue lighter? Darker? The word for a lighter hue is tint; darker than the hue, a shade. Ask students to explain how you would make red lighter (add white). Light red: do we have another color word for that? How could we make red darker? (add black). Dark red: maroon? Burgundy?

2. Pass out the sets of paint samples (cut up gradient strips into 6 individual rectangles). Give each pair of kids in the circle a set, ask them to arrange them from the darkest shade to the lightest tint, and determine the hue that the values are based on. Check for understanding.

3. Back at their seats, have them set up a sheet of newspaper, a white paper on top of that, with a black crayon nearby. Ask them to use the crayon to write their name in one corner, and then trace their hand somewhere on the page. With the crayon, add other lines to the shape of their hand; the lines can overlap or radiate out. You just want them to divide up the space.

4. When they have their papers ready for paint, have each student collect a black, white, and colored water color paint pan, and a brush. Set out a water dish for them. Demonstrate how to gently use the brush, load it with color, rinse it, etc.

5. Have them fill the outlined sections on their page with different values of their chosen color. Add white to create a tint, blend with black to create shades. Kids who want to branch out can make patterns in different sections, shade colors from light to dark within a section, etc.  Allow to dry, then display! Demonstrate the clean up procedures (crayons in a box, brushes in a tub of water, dirty water poured out, water colors laid out allowed to dry, etc).

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