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Lesson Plans

First-time Paint Lesson........

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Bunki Kramer (
Wed, 24 Nov 1999 09:33:30 -0800 (PST)

>Does anyone have any suggestions on how to introduce a painting unit that
>will keep kids from the usual badly-detailed realistic paintings that often
>come from first-time experiences? Christa

My favorite...Have them go to the magazines and each cut out a little
triangle of colors with nothing recognizable in tires, no trees,
arms, etc....just COLORS. The size I use is about 1 1/2" for the triangle
sides. Have them place it anywhere on the canvas (most usually place it
dead center or in one of the "rule of third's areas on their own), glued
down with rubber cement. Using any medium like colored pencil, craypas,
chalk, etc. (in this case paint), let them start with this small area,
blend the colors to match the triangle, and let their colors flow out onto
the canvas anyway they like. When finished, lift off the triangle and
re-paint in that little area.

These finished, non-objective masterpieces are from kids who enjoy the
non-threatening aspect of not having it look like something but just enjoy
the creative experience and the medium they're using. This is one lesson my
kids seem to enjoy the most. If you try it, you'll see how much fun it is
not to have any self-imposed rules for yourself.

I usually keep a 9x12" one on my desk and when I have a free 5 mins. and
everyone's absorbed in their classwork, I'll work it with some colored
pencils. It's relaxing. Toodles.....

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526

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