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Lesson Plan Submitted by: Pat Higgins
Elementary Art Teacher at Central School in South Berwick, ME. (USA)
Grades: Grades 3/4
To recognize and mix the warm and cool colors.
I begin with a discussion of the basic Color Wheels, reviewing their knowledge thus far the primary, secondary, and compliments. What are those colors that sit in between? Notice how they are grouped.
We begin with a stencil (yet another form of printmaking) of different leaves, maple, oak, beech. You can have these cut for them or have them cut them.
We separate our chalk into warm/cool colors. red, yellow, orange and their hues and cool; blue, purple, green their hues.
On a 12x18 (30.5 x 46 cm) black construction paper, I model how to place a stencil down and work the chalk towards the inside. I then rub the colors together, they choose 2/3 warm colors to mix in the leaf, and then place another and continue with combinations, they love the results of gem -like colors they create.
I also talk about positive and negative space and the balance of colors as they work. This project hits a lot of the principles of art as well.