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Lesson Plan Submitted by: Barbara Boville, Green Bay, Wi
Grade Level: 1 (K through 2)
Title/Activity: Plaid Puppies or Cats
The learners will learn to create a plaid pattern using complimentary colored paint and applying it in straight horizontal lines and vertical lines. They will use their materials in a safe and responsible manner.
Complimentary colors, plaid pattern, painted line, straight line, vertical, horizontal
- 18"x24" (46 x 61 cm) white Drawing Paper
- Water dishes
- Manila Paper
- Complimentary colored tempera blocks
- Large paint Brushes
- Paint shirts
- Crayons or AquaMarkers
- White Glue
- Precut paper 12"x18", 6"x6", 3"x9" (30.5 x 46, 15 x 15, 7.6 x 23 cm)
- Scrap Construction Paper
- Drawing Pencils
- Examples of plaid fabric - examples of artists who use pattern
- Large animal prints, specifically cats or dogs in different positions (photocopies of dogs and cats)
We are going to make a pattern using repeating horizontal and vertical lines. This is called a plaid pattern. Your finished artwork will appear to be a "weaving" in paint.
Class1: (Demo each step)
1. The learner will put their name on the back of the paper.
2. The learner will choose one of the complimentary colors in front of them and dip into the paint with a wet brush.
3. The learner will paint a straight horizontal line across the paper.
4. The learner will repeat step 2 and 3 trying to evenly space the horizontal lines.
5. The learner will choose one of the complimentary colors in front of them and dip into the paint with a wet brush.
6. The learner will paint a straight vertical line down the paper.
7. The learner will repeat step 5 and 6 trying to evenly space the painted vertical lines.
Class 2: (demo each step)
1. The learner using (markers and/or crayons) will draw additional horizontal lines between the painted lines, choosing the complimentary color of the already painted line. (Example: blue/orange, purple/yellow, green/red).
2. The learner will repeat the above process with the vertical lines.
3. The learner will make a paper pattern of a cat using manila paper.
-The learner will cut a large oval for the body from a 12 x 18 (30.5 x 46 cm) paper.
-The learner will cut a circle for the head from a 6 x 6 (15 x 15 cm) paper.
-The learner will cut a leg from a 3 x 9 (7.6 x 15 cm) paper.
4. The learner will trace the paper pattern pieces on the back of their plaid paper as demonstrated. The extra paper will be used for the ears and tail. (Demonstrate on the board)
Possible shapes for ears and tails, different positions etc.) Do not make tails too skinny or ears too small.
5. The learner will carefully draw a tail and ears in the unused space.
6. The learner will carefully cut out the pieces of the cat. The learner will assemble the cat in front of them in different positions without glue.
7. The learner will choose a pose for the cat and glue the cat together using their finest gluing skills.
8. The learner may add a face, collar, and cat tags etc. using scrap construction paper.
____What do you like best about your art work?
____Why do you like that particular area?
____Tell me about your use of color.
Rubric evaluating the following:
____Use and knowledge of complimentary colors
____Completion of project
B. Boville 4/2001