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elements of primary kids' art: ideas


From: BRP Books (books_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 17 2003 - 14:41:02 PDT

I found these suggestions for art projects that go with the various elements
of art. I would like to think up more. Hope y'all can suggest your ideas.

found at:
The list below contains activities which will develop children's knowledge
and understanding of the different visual and tactile elements of Art (line,
value (tone), color, space, shape, pattern and texture):

* Children can look at an object and draw its outline. Initially they can
only observe object draw it without looking at the paper.
* Next, they can try drawing the object only using a single line without
any breaks in it.
* They could also try using different media (charcoal, fine line pens,

* Children can draw an object using black, white and grey pastels (or
paint) on coloured paper.
* Look at black and white photographs to see how value is used.

* Using the 3 primary colours (blue, red and yellow), create a chart
showing which colours can be made by mixing the colours. Make notes on the
chart to explain how each colour was made. Then, look at how colour is
affected by the one next to it, e.g. a red looks redder next to a green than
it does next to an orange.

* Look at colour to see how it can give a sense of space. For example,
often the sky gets bluer and trees get greener as they recede (colour
perspective). Be aware of the size of the paper in relation to the drawing.

* Look at Dali and see how he has changed the shape of regular objects
such as clocks and distorted them, or created another image from the form of
another. He also puts obscure objects together in his paintings.
* Use viewfinders to isolate particular aspects of the subject.


* Look at William Morris wallpaper.
* Experiment with repetition of lines, shapes tones or colours.
* Printing on paper, cloth or Tee shirts using string patterns on card
as stamps.


* Set up a still life with different textures (e.g. soft fur, shiny
metallic tins and rough textured bark). Ask the children to find an
equivalent for these surfaces with their mark-making.


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The following ideas were contributed by Michele Papageorghiou

MaryAnn F. Kohl
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