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37. Repeat & Focus – Foundations A

37. Repeat & Focus – Foundations A

COURSE
Foundations (year A)
76 Weekly lessons/2 school years
LENGTH 
1 hour & 45 minutes
or two 52-minute lessons
AGES
Grades 3-5
& Grades 6-12
DATE
Week of May 15 – 19
2017

L E S S O N P L A N

Overview: After a warmup of drawing vegetables from life, students will work together to compose a photo. The teacher prints the photo, which has no obvious focal point. Students will see a video profiling Andy Warhol and learning about emphasis and repetition as design components. They’ll draw and paint the veggies using one in an accent color to emphasize it, creating a Most Important Spot.

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That’s all you need to know. Use your tablet or smartphone, and just start teaching!

 Lesson at a Glance
1. WARMUP 15 Minutes – Sketches of vegetables
2. Photography 15 min – Create still life & take photo
3. Video 12 min – Profile Andy Warhol
4. Draw 10 min – Draw vegetables in 4 frames
B R E A K – If dividing into two lessons.
5. Finish Drawing5 min
6. Setup Watercolor 5 min
7. Most Important Spot 5 min – Find an emphasis
8. Watercolor 35 min – Watercolor vegetable drawings
9. Cleanup 2 min – Everyone helps

 

STEP 1. Warmup

Students will make sketches of still life.

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

M A T E R I A L S

  • 14″ x 17″ sketch pad
  • 4B pencil
  • Charcoal
  • White and kneaded erasers
  • Non- leafy vegetables for still life
    • Squash
    • Peppers
    • Garlic
    • Asparagus
    • Eggplant
    • Carrot or Parsnip
    • Turnip

1. Rough sketching

Sketches of vegetables from life. Set the veggies out in any order and have students draw one or more of them using charcoal and/or pencil.

2. Show Pinboard

A R T I S T
Andy Warhol – Endangered Species Series

Tap the circle graphic to open an artist’s works website for examples of a specific series he did in the early 1980s

Repeat – Warhol and More

Tap the circle graphic to open the ArtSquish Pin Board for examples of Andy Warhol and other artists to display (See our Pinterest iOS article for a quick how to guide).

Advanced Students in their 3rd or 4th year

to come soon

Tap to open the CREATIONS Instructions PDF. Print and cut down the middle for two instruction sheets. Provide to your advanced students so they can know the steps to follow for their advanced version of this lesson.

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STEP 2. Photography

Students will set up a still life for a photo.

15 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Camera – Phone camera will work
  • Non- leafy vegetables for still life
  • Light source from the side and above

1. Options

If you need to skip this step – and part of the next one – you can opt out, and use our PDF print instead. See Step 3 for more info.

2. Let Students Choose 4 Veggies

If it gets contentious, take a vote on which 4 veggies to use.

3. Arrange Into a Rectangle

The class should work together to create a quick still life of 4 veggies. They should be placed apart and evenly spaced so that they make a pattern of sorts. The viewpoint is from directly above. You can use 2 stools and a drawing board to make a low table so it’s easier to take the shot from overhead. Work to make it look evenly spaced and within a rectangle photo frame. The point is to make this NOT have an obvious focal point.

Your setup should look similar to this.

 

4. Light From the Side

Add lighting from one side and above, so that the shadows are simple.

5. Take Phone Photo or Two

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STEP 3. Video

Students watch video on Andy Warhol and teacher prints out images.

12 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Video display hookup
  • Photo of Still Life
  • Access to computer and a word processing document OR a photo collage app

1. Start Video

Turn down the lights and display the video below.

 V I D E O

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2. Create Repeat Collage

As students focus on the video, create a reference from the photoshoot.

Use an app such as Pic Collage (iPhone), to quickly make a print that has 4 duplicate images of the photo you took. You can also email the photo to yourself and use a desktop computer and a word processor if that’s easier and faster for you. It should look like the picture below.

Don’t want to do all this work? We’ve also provided a PDF print (below the example picture), for you to use if you’re not doing your own photo.

The 4 duplicated photos should look something like this on your layout.

P R I N T
Veggie Layout Reference – 1 page

Tap the image to open the pdf in a new tab or window. Print one for each student to use as a reference.

T I P: If your app shows the 4 photos vertically but the original photo was horizontal, rotate the photo in your photos app and then try again so it will fit the vertical grid layout and not get cropped off.

3. Print the Layout

Have one for each student to use as reference, or for every two students to share.

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STEP 4. Draw

Students draw light guidelines of their still lives.

10 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Reference photo layout on stand (4 images of photo)
  • Watercolor paper
  • 2B and 4B pencils
  • Kneaded eraser

1. Draw Guidelines First 

Students draw very light guidelines of the 4 frames with the vegetables in each one. Make a repetitive pattern of the veggies on the paper as shown in the reference print.

 

2. Redraw with Style

“You can draw over the light guidelines with your 4B pencil. Make the lines look great, adding your own personal style.

The drawings can be realistic or more expressive, like when we did the ink animals a few weeks ago.

You can also add some hatch shading, but don’t smudge with your fingers or stumps because we’ll be adding watercolor to these in a few minutes.”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher

3. Sign name in Pencil

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. Finish Drawing

Students will finish their drawing.

5 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Watercolor paper with drawing
  • Reference photo on stand
  • 2B and 4B pencil
  • Kneaded eraser

1. Finish up the Drawing

Students will work at different paces, so let them draw their own way.

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STEP 6. Setup Watercolor

Students will set up for watercolor.

5 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Watercolor paper with drawing
  • Extra piece of scrap watercolor paper to test colors on
  • Reference on stand
  • Water tubs (2 of them)
  • Brushes – smaller, pointy
  • Palette or plate
  • Acrylic paints (no white), or watercolor paints
  • Smocks
  • Paper towels

1. Set up work space

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STEP 7. Most Important Spot

Students visualize emphasis and decide where they will create contrasting color.

5 Minutes

1. Decide your Design

“Out of the 12 veggies, which one will be your area of emphasis? The easiest way is to use hot colors for your focal point, and cool colors for all the rest. You can also have other colors near the focal point that help it stand out.

Visualize how your design will look as best you can.”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher
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STEP 8. Watercolor

Students will watercolor their drawing.

35 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Watercolor paper with drawing
  • Extra piece of scrap watercolor paper for testing colors
  • Reference on stand
  • Water tubs (2 of them)
  • Brushes – smaller, pointy
  • Palette or plate
  • Acrylic paints (no white), or watercolor paints
  • Smocks
  • Paper towels

1. Paint!

2. Encourage!

Move around the room, asking permission to help and encouraging your students.

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STEP 9. Cleanup

Everyone helps.

2 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

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T E A C H T O O L S

Everything you need to make your lesson work

  1. Practice and improvement in composition and color
  2. Understanding design principles and how to use some of them
  3. Accomplishment in creating emphasis in artwork
  4. Fulfillment from creating their own artwork

Be on the lookout for

Mixing cool and warm colors These will make neutrals when mixed.

• Principles of Design – These are not fully agreed upon. If you do a Google search, you’ll have pages that state many different principles and names for them, ranging from a few as 4 to as many as 12. They are interrelated and can be viewed in many ways. Think of them as a still life and people describe them from different viewpoints.

However, the 6 that we have used, are the ones most often cited in anyone’s list, although we’ve used the more simple names for them.

• Emphasis– The Most Important Spot on an artwork leads your eye to it first. It helps people know what to look at, which is comfortable for the viewer.

Andy Warhol

more to come

warhol

Tap the circle graphic to open the Artist’s Website for examples of their work to display. 

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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.

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M A T E R I A L S

  • Prints of animals – cut apart with some white paper for clipping to stands
  • Cheasels and clips to hold reference photos
  • Water tubs
  • Plastic plates or watercolor palettes if you want
  • Paper towels
  • water droppers (eye droppers)

Materials each student will need:

  • Sketch pad
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Watercolor pad – 1 sheet removed
  • Water tub – 2 per student
  • brushes – small & medium pointed – supple but springy – white nylon is good.
  • Translucent acrylic paints or watercolors (no white paint)
  • Palette pad if not using plastic plate or palette.
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P R E V I E W

Week #38: Artists’ Choice
LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL YEAR
May 22 – 26

Our lesson helps students make their own choices and apply design principles.

I N F O R M

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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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