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Lesson Plans


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menichino (menichino)
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 22:43:21 -0400

Hi Stephanie --
Having just finished wax resist with my 2nd graders I'm going to follow it
up with a watercolor value painting. We discuss clouds and cloud shapes
and the variety of greys seen on them, and how usually the darkest value is
on the bottom. Using only black watercolors they paint a dark black
rounded "w" shape with 2 or 3 bumps. Rinsing their brushes so they're
painting with just water on their brushes, they touch a bit of the black
on one side of the w and pull it up to form the top half of a cloud shape
(kind of like a rounded "m" on top). Since it's mostly water with just the
bit of black "borrowed" from the bottom, the top of the cloud is a very
light value. I then show them how to get different values of grey to paint
in the shape of the cloud. They usually can fit a few clouds in the sky.
They then use black across the bottom of the paper to paint a horizon with
whatever structures they would like (buildings and trees seem to be the
most popular, but we get an occasional creature or volcano). Then they can
decide what they want to do with the rest of the sky area. Some use
drybrush to create the illusion of rain, some use a watery wash, some just
do whatever happens. Our 2nd graders study about clouds in science so it
ties in nicely as well!
Liz in rural NY

From: Stephanie Ignazio <smi>

Anyone have an idea for a lesson for second grade, 45 minutes long, one
shot deal? It can be historical, multicultural or nature based. Any art
material is OK. I'm out of ideas. Thanks in advance, Stephanie