Friday, December 13, 2013

Undercover Chameleons

Fourth Grade Art Lesson
2 Classes Periods

Undercover Chameleons, Fourth Grade Art Lesson
Day 1:

As an introduction to the lesson students heard the story Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro.  As a class we disucssed what we knew about chameleons.  Many students knew that chameleons changed colors to hide into their environment.

As a class we also learned that chameleons are territorial and do not like other chameleons in their space.  We discovered that dark colors mean fear or anger and pale colors signal defeat.

Students learned how to draw a chameleon through step by step instruction. 

Students had lots of free range in this assignment.  They were allowed to determine the direction of their composition, the size of their chameleon, and the design of the environment in which the chameleon would be placed.

The overall goal was to have the chameleon hidden in the composition.  We used the idea of Where's Waldo? by Martin Handford for reference.  We did not want the chameleon to be impossible to find, but at the same time we didn't want him to be too obvious.

After compositions were drawn with a pencil, students outlined them with a sharpie marker.

Day 2:

On the second day of this lesson students were allowed to color their masterpieces.  Markers, colored pencils and crayons were used. 

We also examined several photographs of chameleons noticing the textures on their skin.  Students were given the opportunity to use rubbing plates to create textures for their chameleon masterpieces.

Student Examples:




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