3 Class Periods
|Leaf Dot Painting, Fourth Grade Art Lesson|
Have students choose an 8 x 10 piece of construction paper in a warm hue. Students then select a leaf pattern. The leaf pattern is cut and traced upon the construction paper. Students are instructed to outline the leaf with a bold black line using a sharpie marker.
Students viewed a YouTube clip on the culture and art style of Aborigine artists. Students learned that Aboriginal art relates to nature, is painted in earth tones and is shown usually from a bird's eye view.
Students used paint in warm hues and white to paint dots within their leaf on the construction paper. We used a Q-tip to create the dots. Students were reminded to keep the dots in a line and to make sure there is a bit of space between each dot.
|Dotting leaf with warm colors.|
On the third day students cut their leaf out from the warm colored construction paper and glued it onto a cool hue construction paper (8 x 10 inches). I next demonstrated to students how to begin with black paint and divide up the space around the leaf. I told students to use the veins of the leaf as their guide and if large areas of negative space still existed, divide those in half.
|Dividing up the negative space with black paint.|
|Dotting the background.|