6 Class Periods
|Value Fish, Second Grade Art Lesson|
Before we even begin this lesson we spend two class periods discussing and mixing tints and shades. Students create a total of 4 value scales. These scales are 3 x 18 inches and are folded into 8 boxes. The first box is left blank for their name and class period.
As a class we create one value scale together with step by step directions. Students then complete the second value scale on their own. We do this for both warm and cool scales.
After the scales dry, I have students glue the value scales back to back matching warm with warm and cool with cool. For example if a student painted a value scale using orange and another using yellow, we glue these together so you can view either scale by flipping it over. I like to laminate these for students to keep for future reference.
On the third day of class students look at numerous fish handouts to help them draw a fish on a 12 x 18 inch piece of paper. Students are reminded to keep their compositions large. After the fish is drawn a wavy line is repeatedly draw in the background of the composition to represent water.
I have students look at their value scales and the value scales of their classmates to determine what color they would like to paint their fish. I have them write the color they are planning on painting on the back of their paper.
|Students planning out their fish compositions.|
Students pick one color for their entire composition. Tints are our primary focus for this class period. Using the color they selected and white, students mix as many tints as they can on their palette. Students are instructed to paint their fish in their compositions using only the tints they created. They are allowed to use the color in its pure form as well as white if they so wish.
This day is very similar to day 4, however instead of our focus being tints it is shades. Using the same hue as last time and black, students mix as many shades as they can on their palette. Students are instructed to paint the background of their compositions (the water part) using only the shades they created. They are allowed to use the color in its pure form as well as black if they so wish.
This day is our catch up day for the composition. If students did not finish painting any parts of their composition they may do so on this day. The last step for this lesson is to carefully outline their piece using black paint. Students are shown how to paint slow and steady their hand for careful craftsmanship.
Examples of Student Work: