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Warm and Cool Color Still Life

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore warm and cool colors by creating a still life painting from observation. They will experiment with repetition by adding a pattern background to their artwork.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will organize their objects to design an interesting composition.

Students will observe a three-dimensional object and draw it proportionally.

Students will identify horizontal and vertical line, organic and geometric shape, warm and cool colors, and repetition.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Discuss how to observe objects to estimate proportion and find a unique perspective to design a creative composition.
  • Demonstrate drawing basic geometric and organic shapes of the objects and then filling in the details.
  • Guide students in brainstorming pattern ideas to add to the background.
  • Present the color wheel and discuss how it can be split into two different parts between warm and cool colors.

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National Standards


Create

Identify and demonstrate diverse methods of artistic investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.5a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

Investigate: Experiment with studio skills, techniques, materials, tools and elements and principles of art and design through practice.

A.A.Cr.4.i

Plan: Brainstorm, discuss, and sketch ideas to solve an art problem.

A.A.Cr.5.i

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

25 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • 9” x 12” mixed media paper or canvas board
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint pallets
  • Paintbrushes & water cup
  • Paper towels
  • Variety of still life objects

National Standards


Create

Identify and demonstrate diverse methods of artistic investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.5a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

Investigate: Experiment with studio skills, techniques, materials, tools and elements and principles of art and design through practice.

A.A.Cr.4.i

Plan: Brainstorm, discuss, and sketch ideas to solve an art problem.

A.A.Cr.5.i

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Steps

Observe & Draw

Set up and observe a still life arrangement. Draw the basic shapes; try to draw the objects proportionally. Observe which objects overlap each other.

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Instructional Materials

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10 Subjects for an Interesting Still Life

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Six Essentials of a Still Life Set Up

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The Three Essentials of Still Life Drawing

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Acrylic Painting Vocabulary

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Breaking Down a Still Life

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Characteristics Of Acrylic Gels and Mediums

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Expanded Color Wheel

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The Rule of Thirds

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5 Steps to an Interesting Still Life

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Summative

Self-Evaluation for Still Life

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