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Positive and Negative Handprints

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will investigate the use and meaning of handprints in prehistoric artwork. Then, they will use paint and markers to create composition of handprints demonstrating positive and negative space.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will create a template using basic tracing and cutting techniques.

Students will demonstrate how to create both positive and negative space in a composition.

Students will develop a pattern to create visual interest.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce handprints as a prehistoric symbol from sites around the world.
  • Facilitate classroom discussion about the use and meaning of handprints in prehistoric art.
  • Define positive and negative space, and share how they can be used to create a composition.
  • Show strategies for effectively tracing a hand and cutting it out to create a stencil.

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National Standards


Create

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

VA:Cr2.2.1a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Permanent marker
  • Plastic spray bottles
  • Diluted tempera paint (black or other color)
  • Crayons

National Standards


Create

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

VA:Cr2.2.1a

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Steps

Review Handprints in Art

Discuss handprints as a prehistoric symbol.

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Understanding Positive and Negative Space

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Handprints In Prehistoric Art

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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