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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Primary Lines

Created on June 13, 2014 by KatieMorris

In this lesson students learn about and create a painting featuring many kinds of lines and primary colors. This is a good way to practice brush control and mixing primaries. I used it with Pre-K/Kindergarten but would work for 1st as well.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify and create at least 5 different kinds of lines.
2. SWBAT use proper paintbrush technique when creating lines.
3. SWBAT identify primary colors.
4. SWBAT identify and create secondary colors.
5. SWBAT understand white added to a color creates a tint.
6. SWBAT make compositional choices.

1. 9x12 inch paper (I used faded gray construction paper)
2. Tempera paint in primary colors, black, white
3. Paintbrushes

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1. Introduction
-Brainstorm different kinds of lines as a class
-Teacher draws brainstormed lines on the board
-Students draw brainstormed lines in the air with a finger
-Can have students "act out" lines
2. Demonstration
-Show how to "dip the tip" of the brush when using liquid paint
-Show how to hold the brush for control
-Show how the brush can make different kinds of lines- skinny, thick, different angles, etc.
3. Students fill their paper with different kinds of lines, thinking about creating a pleasing composition, and leaving room to add color in the next class
4. Review primary and secondary colors
-What are the primary colors?
-What are the secondary colors and how do you create them?
-Show OK Go Sesame Street video "Three Primary Colors"
5. Color Demonstration
-Demonstrate how to mix and create new colors without making all the colors dirty
6. Fill empty spaces of painting with color

Did the students create at least 5 different kinds of lines?
Did the students attempt to use proper paintbrush technique for good craftsmanship?
Did the students use primary and secondary colors?

1. OK Go video:
2. Greg Percy songs "Red and Yellow Blues" and "Secondary Samba"

To save time and prevent liquid paint from getting watered down, I have my students try to use all the paint on their brush before switching colors, and instead of using water, they wipe on a bunched up paper towel and just dip in the next color. As long as they "dip the tip" instead of stirring, the colors stay clean.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art

Color/Value, Line, Movement


  • MsK_Braun 08/05/2014 at 04:38pm
    I love Ok Go!'s video! It really seems to help it stick with the kids! Have you thought about starting the lesson with a book to a literacy tie in? Maybe Harold and the Purple Crayon? Or Lines that Wiggle? I like to have an I Spy game about lines in the art room: horizontal, vertical, zig zag, diagonal, etc.

  • epennington523 08/19/2014 at 06:08pm
    Love it! Kindergarteners at my school just started getting art last year so I'm always looking for kindergarten lessons. Are most of them successful with not making their papers muddy from all the colors?