Title of Lesson: Multi-media Paper Crane Compositions
Arts Discipline: Drawing, painting, collage
Short Overview of the Lesson:
Students will use painting, cutting, gluing and drawing and blending to create complex compositions.
Blend: the technique of gently intermingling two or more colors or values to create a gradual transition or to soften lines.
Composition: the placement or arrangement of visual elements or 'ingredients' in a work of art, as distinct from the subject.
Overlap: extend over so as to cover partly
Visual movement: is the principle of art used to create the impression of action in a work of art. Movement can apply to a single component in a composition or to the whole composition at once. Visual movement is dependent on the other elements and principles of art.
Organic: are loose, curving lines like those found in nature
Geometric (inorganic): generally straight or perfectly curving lines, like those found in geometry
Depth: perceived distance; how close or far away a thing looks to be
Warm/Cool colors- red, yellow, oranges/blue, green, purples
Specific Standard(s) this lesson addresses:
Standard Grade Level: k-2
Standard: engage in creative play with art materials * use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art * demonstrate personal interest in an artwork or design using various materials, tools
Instructional Materials Needed:
Pencils/ silver colored pencils
Teaching Procedures/Lesson Structure:
Teach step by step // all materials on tables or accessible to students
- Name on cardstock & black paper
- Students trace 2-4 paper crane shapes onto name side of card stock
- Talk: placement & space
- Students choose 2 warm color paints
- Talk: straight, hard, geometric lines
- Students flip cardstock over and cover it entirely with geometric lines of paint, set aside to dry
- Students clean the brushes with water and rags
- Take black paper, and pencil, draw one long squiggly line across paper
- Using yellow and green chalk, lay thick chalk lines above the squiggle
- Students then blend or smear the chalk color upwards, causing them to look like aurora borealis
- Using an oil pastel (cool color) students lay organic lines across the area below their middle line
- Organic lines have a smooth, curving, undulating, movements like a gentle breeze
- After filling in about half of that black area with one color, choose a second and do the same thing, going over the first color, until there is almost no black paper showing at all.
- Students check to see if cardstock is dry, when it is dry, students cut out the paper crane shapes
- Show how you can accidentally lob off a head/need to go slow and carefully
- Once all cranes are cut out, students play with arranging the birds.
- An arrangement is a composition
- Define and show overlap, cluster and spread
- Smaller birds will look far away, by arranging the birds with this in mind, they can make some of the birds look close and other far away
New Knowledge (what students will know)
New Skills (what students will be able to do)
Blending colors creates various other colors
The difference between oil pastels and chalk
Size and placement of objects determines perceived depth
Blend colors with chalk and oil pastels
Play with and determine a pleasing composition
Students will be able to:
Explain what organic and geometric lines are.
Describe blending and its effects.
Explain reasoning for their chosen composition.
MT Visual Art Standards