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Elements of Art: Space K/1

Posted on: October 27, 2009

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week   7  Grade   K/1

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

Elements of Art: space

Cost per student: $ .04

Materials: white paper, pencils, crayons or colored pencils, tape, paper printed with doors (I was inspired to do this when Scrap got in a bunch of notepads from Jeld-wen doors that looked like little doors).

Prep: I cut off the logo on the bottom of the door notepads and used cellophane tape to tape them to Xeroxed copies of a room I had drawn using perspective techniques. See picture; this does not translate well to a written description.

Students will be able to recognize the use of space in a work of art, and create a piece of art work focused on space as an attribute.

Vocabulary: space, dimension, depth

1. Examine art works in Art in Action pages 77-78. Decide what things in the paintings are closer and farther away. Use the word depth to explain how flat artworks look like you step into them, like a real place. You can explain about 2-D and 3-D concepts but I might not do this with kindergarteners; I think they might just find it boring and confusing.

2. Set each kid up with a pencil and a prepped door paper. I might have a large sample so they can see what I’m doing. The first step is to add details with the door closed, like maybe shag carpet on the floor, a welcome mat, or a wooden floor. Then, still leaving the door closed, add pictures to the wall, or maybe a light switch… brainstorm what else might go on a wall. Then think of what, of anything might go on the ceiling (a vent, a light fixture, a spider).

3. Open the door and visualize walking into a room. What is in there? Furniture? A monster? A toy? Their brother, sister or pet? Themselves?

4. After they sketch everything in, have them go back and add color with crayons or colored pencils. Of course, they can color the door itself and add details like a sign, mail slot or decoration, too.

5. Display somewhere people can look at the art with the doors open and closed.

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