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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Warm/Cool Color Handprint Pattern Watercolor & Crayon Resist Painting

Created on July 19, 2014 by micheast

This teaches pattern, warm and cool colors, repetition, and rhythm. This is a fun watercolor & crayon resist project that my students always love!

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1. SWBAT define & create pattern.
2. SWBAT identify warm colors.
3. SWBAT identify cool colors.

1. pencils
2. 12×18″ Tagboard or watercolor paper
3. crayons (in warm colors)
4. Watercolor paints
5. brushes

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1. Have children trace their hands 5-7 times in pencil on a sheet of 12×18″ tagboard or watercolor paper. Younger kids may need help, I encouraged them to do it on their own, but if they really needed help then they could ask their partner to draw only one or two hands.
2. Outline Hands 5-7 times on a 12×18″ piece of tagboard.
3. Students trace all their hands in different warm colored crayons (red, orange, yellow & intermediate colors too). Make sure they are drawing THICK lines-this helps in the resist process.
4. Next, draw patterns using only warm colored crayons. Encourage them to make a new pattern in each hand.
5. Draw different patterns in each hand using WARM colors.
6. There are many options to the next part. Have fun experimenting with different backgrounds. The important part is to incorporate the COOL colors into the background somehow. Cool colors are green, blue, & purple (with their intermediate colors). The black background is India Ink.
Try these options:
-warm colors Hand Print with Cool Background
-warm colors Hand Print with Black Background
-Hand Print painted Black with Cool Background

Check out my blog with COLOR PICTURES of each step

Students will be assessed based on visual & verbal discussion. Did the students create recognizable repeating patterns. Did students correctly place warm colors on the hands and cool colors in the background? Can they list the warm & cool colors

Teaching the principles of art to elementary students can sometimes be a challenge, especially the younger students. Coupling the lesson with examples of rhythm in music and rhythm in poetry helps make audible connections to the concept. So when presenting a lesson on pattern, repetition, and rhythm find good music & poetry examples to begin the lesson with. I had them practice making patterns.


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

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

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines
[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Abstract Art

Color/Value, Contrast, Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Variety

Crayon, Painting, Watercolor


  • epennington523 08/23/2014 at 05:04pm
    Lovely pattern lesson! I checked out your blog too :) the gel soap resist is really cool!