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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

underwater animals

Created on January 26, 2021 by artspaz

students will create a picture of a sea creature, while learning about contrast and warm and cool colors.

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2 sessions; 60 minutes per session

SWBAT: Define contrast
SWBAT: give an example of a warm and a cool color

1. Drawing paper 12x18
2. Pencil
3. Black crayon
4. Blue, green and purple water based markers
5. Warm colored oil pastels

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1. Practice drawing together sea creatures
2. Redraw a creature on the final paper in pencil to fill the page
3. Trace over the pencil with the black crayon.
4. Add water lines in the background using the markers. Use thin and thick lines and put some lines over the creature so it looks like it is in the water.

5. Introduce warm and cool colors
6. Do a demo on using oil pastels, blending with finger, overlapping colors and scrapping off top color to reveal the bottom color.
7. Tell students to color the creature in neatly and fully covering the white of the paper.
8. After they are finished coloring the creature, spray some water on the paper and watch the ink bleed to look like water.

students will fill out an exit slip.
What is a cool color?
What happened when we sprayed the paper?
Explain what contrast is and show me in your work?


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
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

Abstract Expressionism

Color/Value, Contrast, Line

Marker, Pastel