♠ Posted by ArtMuse in 4th Grade Lessons
I've taught variations of this lesson before, but this variation is my favorite. In the past I've had the kids use tempera paints and create tints and shades to fill in their drawings, but I was finding that the opacity of the tempera was causing them to cover over or accidentally fill in all the great details they had originally drawn in. Thinking on that, this year I decided to scrap the focus on tints and shades and focus on warm and cool color families using watercolors. I got a little of the value in with the watercolors, reviewing with them how adding water to the watercolor paints lightens the value and would be the equivalent of adding a white to a tempera paint.
These were the original projects:
They have A LOT more personality than their predecessors, lol! The kids really got into this project. They liked the fact that the head didn't have to look realistic but was simply comprised of implied shapes.
For the project each table got a water bucket, small brushes, white oil pastels and 2 sets of regular watercolor paints and 2 sets of Crayola "mixing color" sets (thank you Cassie Stephens). The mixing set has 2 yellows, a cyan, blue-violet, and a white, the white is pretty useless but the kids loved the blue-violet and cyan colors. The oil pastels were used to replicate the texture found in Klee's painting.
Overall, the lesson took 4, 40 minute periods. I HIGHLY suggest investing in some inexpensive hand towels to use when painting instead of paper towels. If your school is anything like mine, the paper towels are really flimsy and don't absorb anything..I bought the rags seen in the pictures below from amazon. They came in a set of 24 for about 25 bucks. Or you could always send out an email and get some donated. I don't recommend cutting larger towels down because the loose unbound edges won't hold up.
Day 2 was devoted to learning and then painting warm and cool colors. I had a smartboard slide with a diagram showing both color families for the kids to use as reference.
Day 3 reviewed and discussed a Powerpoint on Klee's life and work and then the kids continued painting adding the white oil pastel.