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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Complementary Zebras - A 5th Grade Lesson in Line and Color

Created on January 26, 2013 by TheresaGillespie

This PowerPoint takes students through the steps in creating a zebra that is painted in complementary colors.

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3 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define line.
2. SWBAT line quality.
3. SWBAT define complementary colors.
4. SWBAT draw a zebra.
5. SWBAT paint a zebra in a complementary color scheme.
6. SWBAT define the term "homophone".
7. SWBAT write a compliment coming from their zebra.

1. Complementary Zebra PowerPoint
2. White paper 12x18
3. Pencils
4. Tempera paint
5. Black markers

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1. Go through PowerPoint slides 1-6 with students.
- discuss line and shape of the zebra
2. Students draw a zebra using pencils
3. Discuss Complementary Colors
- Go through rest of PowerPoint slides
4. Students chose a complementary color pair
5. Paint zebra with complementary color pair
6. Add Black marker lines to define lines and details
7. Discuss homophones - complement and compliment
8. Write a compliment coming from your zebra to another one

Students will be assessed by reviewing the final artwork for craftsmanship, creativity, and directions followed


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

[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students generalize about the effects of visual structures and functions and reflect upon these effects in their own work

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks

Line, Color/Value


English/Language Arts


  • amgentili 01/28/2013 at 03:24pm
    Love this! Thanks!

  • annieartcat 01/29/2013 at 09:49am
    This looks great!
    I can't get the powerpoint to open, is there a preferred application that works best?

  • April_Hallock 05/27/2013 at 01:43pm
    This is a neat idea to show line and color.