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35. Artists’ Choice Stations – KidsART A

35. Artists’ Choice Stations – KidsART A

COURSE
KidsART (year A)
76 Weekly lessons/2 school years
LENGTH 
1 hour & 30 minutes
or two 45-minute lessons
AGES
Grades 1-2
DATE
Week of May 1 – 5
2017

L E S S O N P L A N

Overview: Students enjoy having choice of things to do and subject matter. Stations are set up and the class will split into several groups, rotating

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 Lesson at a Glance
1. WARMUP 10 Minutes – Artists’ Choice with drawing objects
2. Intro 10 min – Explain 3 stations
3. Teams 5 min – Separate into teams
4. First Stop 20 min – Overlapping shape trace
B R E A K – If dividing into two lessons.
5. Second Stop 20 min – Wax & pastel paintings
6. Third Stop 20 min – Oil pastel and watercolor painting
7. Cleanup 5 min – Everyone helps

STEP 1. Warmup

Students will have an Artist’s Choice drawing still life objects.

10 Minutes Tap the timer buttons to open a countdown in a new tab.

M A T E R I A L S

  • 11″ x 17″ copy paper
  • 4B pencil
  • Eraser
  • Blenders (stumps)
  • Paper towels
  • Still Life objects (Toys work great)

1. Greet & Seat

Always try to greet students as they come in and kneel down when you can, so that you are on their level.

2. Sketching Choice

IDEAS: Have lots of toys and objects out all over the table, sitting on clean sheets of paper to isolate them from the table and other background imagery. Simple and familiar shapes are good to find, such as animals. Toys that have cartoon characters are surprisingly difficult and create some frustration. Round objects like bowls and fruit are fun and easy too.

Encourage students to work with one piece of paper for a while. If someone uses the phrase, “free draw”, explain that artists’ choice is something only artists can do, while free-draw is something anyone can do. You want to use the phrase to elevate the students’ expectations of their work.

Everyone should take their time with the work and make a finished piece of art. Limiting the paper can also help kids focus on the work. If someone finishes in super-fast time, ask them what more they can do to the existing paper. Ask again several times – unless they appear overly frustrated; then you can allow them to move on to a new work.

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STEP 2. Intro

Students will receive instructions on 3 stations.

10 Minutes

1. First Stop Intro

Shape Trace & Color

Display the picture.

“Here we have Shape Trace & Color. You can do a shape trace where you make a picture of a person, or you can do crazy shapes, which make what we call an abstract work of art. The shapes for the person can fit together, but the crazy shapes are large so that you have to overlap 3 or 4 of the shapes. This creates new shapes where they overlap.

After you trace in black marker, you’ll fill in each shape area with oil pastels. Each area should have 3 colors that you layer over each other and blend.”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher

2. Second Stop Intro

Melted Colors with Oil Pastels

Display the picture.

“Here you’ll make a picture out of pure color by melting oil pastels! There are bowls of shavings from some of our oil pastels. You can place the bits where you want them and then we’ll use the iron to melt and press them. The picture will change and spread some after ironing, so be ready for that.

You’ll need to be patient and wait your turn for the pressing. Can we all agree on that? Yay!”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher

3. Third Stop Intro

Wet Paper Watercolors

Display the picture.

“This Stop uses watercolors but first the paper is soaked with water. There are 3 pictures for reference, and you’ll choose any color you want to draw it with. Only make the outlines though.

After drawing, you can spray the paper with the water bottle until it’s all wet. Then we wait a moment for it to soak it. After blotting off the puddles, you paint with watercolors and they’ll spread all over the paper like magic! The colors will be all over the place, so it may not go exactly where you want, but that’s what makes this fun.”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher
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STEP 3. Teams

Students will separate into teams.

5 Minutes

1. Use one of these methods

Separate into teams: You can use fun team names like, Ultramarine team; Green team; Magenta team; etc.

  1. count off
  2. group by natural friendship groups, or
  3. choose yourself by handing out colored team tickets. Keep them secret until they’re all given out so you can make your best choices based on personalities if you need to.
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STEP 4. First Stop

Students will create a Shape-Trace & Color drawing with marker and oil pastels.

20 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Sketchbook paper from large sketch pad
  • Reference PDFs
  • 2B pencil
  • Erasers
  • Black markers
  • Oil Pastels
  • Blender sticks
  • Paper towels

1. Provide Reference

P R I N T
Shape Trace: Abstract – 3 pages

Tap the image to open the pdf in a new tab or window. Cut images apart and have enough so each student gets to choose from several.

2. Draw shapes

Use a black marker to draw the shapes. Place the printed shape references underneath to trace them.

3. Overlapping

Try having some of them overlap, creating other shapes where they intersect. The new shapes made where they overlap should be a different color than either of the shapes that made it.

4. Color the Shapes

Add colors with oil pastels. If you want a blue area, use two blue colors, and maybe a little green. Then add white or blend with a blender stick (paper stump). 2 or 3 colors should be used in each area.

5. Leave the background white

6. Sign Name

B R E A K – This is the end of part one, if you’re dividing into two lessons.
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STEP 5. Second Stop

Students will create an abstract painting with pastel and wax paper.

20 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Colored and/or white heavyweight paper cut in half (or quarters if you want to save on materials).
  • Oil Pastel shavings in small bowls – see slideshow below
  • Wax paper
  • Low heat iron
  • Cardboard base to iron on

1. How to prepare

 S L I D E S H O W

Shave & Melt Oil Pastels • Tap to open - Scroll to view - Pinch to zoom

Use a knife or cheese grater before class to make a bunch of shavings in 6 to 8 colors. If you get bigger chunks, you can dice them down in the bowl. Have paper towels handy to clean your hands in-between colors.

Place some shavings in a design on a colored background paper. BE CAREFUL NOT TO MOVE the paper after this step, so make sure the iron can reach where the work is being made.

Set a sheet of wax paper over the design

The iron will create a neat effect

Finished work will show some wax and oil spots on the background paper. Don’t bend it! The oil pastels will crack.

2. Place shavings

Students can pick colors one at a time, and move them around or sprinkle. Keeping warm colors together and cool colors together, will help make the picture stay bright. Mixing colors will create fun effects. However, a cool and warm color together can sometimes mix to create a brown, gray, or maybe a “yucky” color.

Abstract designs work best.

3. Cover with Wax paper

Be careful to not disturb the shavings.

4. Iron on LOW Setting

Be gentle. Have cardboard base to iron on, not table. Use your discretion for allowing kids to iron or not, depending on their abilities and attitudes. Do not overwork the heat, but there should be no difficulties. You can see the melted picture through the wax paper.

T I P: Demonstrate that the iron is very hot, by sprinkling water on it. Even if it doesn’t sizzle, it should steam off quickly.

5. Sign name

6. Set aside to take home

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STEP 6. Third Stop

Students will create paintings with watercolor and oil pastel.

20 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Watercolor paper – 11″ x 15″ or so
  • Reference on stand (PDF below)
  • Water tubs
  • Brushes
  • Palette or plate
  • Water spray bottle
  • Oil pastels
  • Smocks
  • Paper towels

1. Choose Picture & Color

Each student should pick one picture from the 4 references. Also, they should choose one oil pastel color to make the drawing with. The color should be darker, not a light color such as yellow, pink, or beige.

P R I N T
Landscape Line Reference – 2 pages

Tap the image to open the pdf in a new tab or window. Cut images apart and have enough so each student gets to choose from several.

2. Line Drawing

Students should draw their own version of their chosen reference scene. Make sure they understand to only use lines, like the reference picture.

Add name with the pastel now. It’s not possible later.

3. Wet the Paper

Use a spray water bottle to thoroughly soak the paper. Wait a couple of minutes for the water to soak in. When there are no wrinkles, it’s ready. Gently soak up any puddles with a paper towel so there is no standing water on the paper, but do not overdo it. The paper needs to be very wet.

4. Watercolor Action!

Use watercolors to paint and watch the background colors spread into the wet paper. The colors will spread out when the brush is touched to the paper. It’s a lot of fun to watch.

Help students to not overdo the watercolors and keep cool colors away from the warm colors. Also explain that the colors spread out and you must let them do that all by themselves. The less you work the paper with the brush, the better it looks.

With watercolor, the best artists leave it alone after the color is placed.

5. Carefully Set Aside

To move a wet painting, it must remain flat. Set a piece of cardboard (like the back of a sketch pad) next to it and slide the paper over until it sits on the board. Then you can move the board, taking the painting with it.

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STEP 7. Cleanup

Everyone helps.

5 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Paper towels

1. Clean up checklist:

 Super wash brushes

• Empty water containers

• Put art supplies away (sop up runny paint before disposing of palette paper)

• Wipe tables & clean up trash

• Remove smocks

• Collect &/or distribute artwork – NAMES

• Check for personal items on tables and floors

2. Take photos of artwork!

3. Make sure you see the kids connect with parents and tell them about the class if you can!

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G A L L E R Y

Student Work • Tap to open - Scroll to view - Pinch to zoom

T E A C H T O O L S

Everything you need to make your lesson work

  1. Practice and improvement in visualization, drawing, and managing color
  2. Understanding how watercolor works on wet paper
  3. Accomplishment in creating 3 different projects
  4. Fulfillment from making lots of choices for self-expression

Be on the lookout for

Sprinkling too many colors with the oil pastel shavings.

Overworking watercolor by playing with the brush on the paper or by wiping or scrubbing the brush.

• Expressive – When artwork looks less like real life because the artist makes their own decisions about how it should look.

• Abstract – When artwork doesn’t look much like real life at all.

Tip of the day: Have a hot pad from home to set the hot iron on when you’re not ironing artwork. Face the plate against the wall in-between some other objects so that it’s not touchable by accident or even too much curiosity.
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F O C U S

Each bar represents how much of the lesson involves that kind of training.
Insights for the brain – Techniques for the hand – Expression for the heart

Insights
Techniques
Expression

P R E P A R A T I O N

Print your Prep-Page

Tap the circle graphic to open the ArtSquish Prep-Page PDF in a new window.  – includes the Checklist, Roomprep, and a Lesson-at-a-glance overview.

R O O M P R E P : Have PDFs printed and wax pastel shavings ready in bowls. Use a plastic cheese grater, knife, or mincing chopper device. Have all stations set up and an ironing station in a safe location.

M A T E R I A L S

  • 11″ x 17″ copy paper
  • 4B and 2B Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Blenders (stumps)
  • Paper towels
  • Still life objects (toys work great)
  • Reference PDFs
  • Sketchbook paper from large sketchpad
  • Black markers
  • Oil pastels
  • Colored and/or white heavyweight paper cut in half (or quarters if you want to save on materials)
  • Oil Pastel shavings in small bowls
  • Wax paper
  • Low heat iron
  • Cardboard base to iron on
  • Watercolor paper – 11″ x 15″ or so
  • Cheasel stands
  • Water tubs
  • Brushes
  • Palette or plate
  • Water spray bottle
  • Smocks
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P R E V I E W

Week #36: Fun Art Games
May 8 – 12

Students get to try their hand at several really fun games that also teach or create artwork.

Week #37: Still Life Slide
May 15 – 19

Students will learn composition by creating a still life in several parts, painting with grown-up acrylics. The paintings are cut out so they can slide around until the artist likes where they are. The work is then glued down coated with an acrylic glaze.

I N F O R M

Use this button to view our parent blog. Share the link: http://parentart.org so your student’s parents can read about the lesson each week.

About The Author

Dennas Davis

Dennas is the founder of Firstlight Arts Academy in Nashville, and also of The Art Instructor (formerly ArtSquish). He has been designing, painting, illustrating and teaching in various combinations since he learned how to hold a crayon. He is the illustrator of 24 children's books with over 5 million in print worldwide. See his paintings at http://dennasd.com

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