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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Warm/Cool Animal Silhouettes

Created on July 29, 2022 by Catriplett1

A fun project where students can show their understand of color schemes such as warm and cool colors using nature.

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6 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define warm colors.
2. SWBAT define cool colors.
3. SWBAT define silhouette.
4. SWBAT define landscape layout.
5. SWBAT define portrait layout.

1. 9x 12 Black Construction paper (2 for each student).

2. Colored construction paper (warm and cool depending on what each student chooses.

3 Glue (liquid or stick).

4. White colored pencil.

5. Reference materials (animal books or computers).

6. Practice paper and a pencil.

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1. Teacher will explain and give examples of color schemes, silhouettes, and landscape/portrait layouts. (20-30 mins.)

2. Students will find and practice drawing their chosen animal, focusing on the overall silhouette shape. (15-30 mins.)

3. When students are comfortable, students will use a white colored pencil to draw their animal silhouette onto piece of black construction paper. (Keeping in mind what layout they will be using on their final drawing their animal in that format). Student should only draw on one side of the construction paper (even if they make mistakes. Each student will cut the animal out. (10-20 mins.)

4. Students will then get 3 pieces of colored construction paper that correlate with their chosen scheme (warm or cool). I had my student use warm for land or air animals and cool for water animals. They will tear each color (in the direction of their layout). The color closest to the land will be the largest chunk of paper, the middle will be medium and the top will be smaller. (10-20 mins. )

5. Students will glue their biggest chunk of paper to their second piece of black construction paper. The torn edge will create the land. horizon or bottom of the ocean. Students will continue to overlap each color until all 3 pieces have been placed. (10-20 mins.)

6. Students will complete this project by gluing their silhouette to their page. Have students add glue to the side they drew on to avoid pencil lines. If they have a land animal, they need to make sure its legs are touching the ground (unless they are jumping). (5mins.)

7. If there is time students can add secondary elements to their image (trees, seaweed, other animals, etc.)

You could do this with a wide range of color schemes not just warm and cool.

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast