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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Worms eye view snowmen

Created on January 25, 2019 by artspaz

Students will create a worms eye view of a snowman, while learning about wax resist, watercolor color mixing and creating a shadow on a sphere.

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3 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT recognize the worms eye view
2. SWBAT use wax resist
3. SWBAT mix the primary colors to make the secondary
4. SWBAT shade a circle to look 3D

1. Practice paper
2. Drawing paper 12x18
3. Pencil
4. Black sharpie
5. Liquid watercolors, red, blue and yellow
6. Watercolor brushes
7. Cups for water
8. Colored pencils

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1. Practice drawing snow men from the worms eye view

2. After you have at least 3 drawings start the big drawing on the good 12 x 18 paper, in pencil.

3. Outline pencil with sharpie

Day 2

1. Add wax resist with with crayon in the background (push hard)

2. Demo painting and mixing colors

3. Paint the picture. I encourage my students to use all the colors on the color wheel, not just blue!

Day 3

1. Demo adding the colored pencil to create a 3D look to the snowman. Talk about where the moon light is coming from and have the shadow on the opposite side. I have students use a light and dark pencil, the dark one goes along the edge and inward, the the light one will overlap slightly and continue outward. They should have 3 VALUES.

2. Art walk. Find another artist who did a great job with the shading.

The art walk is a great way to asses. Ask them to find another artist who made the secondary colors, or who did a good job with the wax resist. I like to ask them to find something they want to try in their artwork next time.


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

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

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 different responses to specific artworks

Color/Value, Line, Shape

Colored Pencil, Watercolor