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By: Erin Alphonso for Sargent Art
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Target Grade: 1
Goal (Terminal Objective): Students will learn about complimentary colors, and after being introduced to tartans (Scottish plaids) and viewing works by Piet Mondrian, will create a plaid Christmas placemat.
Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of complimentary colors by creating a tartan (plaid Christmas placemat).
Purpose: Students will learn about tartans and will look at examples of them. They will learn about artist Piet Mondrian and his use of grids in his paintings. They will learn about complimentary colors on the color wheel. Using all of this information, they will create a tartan.
New Vocabulary: tartan, plaid, Piet Mondrian, complimentary colors, color wheel
Time: 2-3 class periods
Introduction and Motivation (Set):
4. The very thin lines can be traced over using a black marker. All other lines should be painted using black paint.
(2) Independent Practice and Check for Understanding:
(3) Closure: Teacher leads students in a discussion of tartans. Teacher leads a discussion on the difficulty of using a ruler and of painting “in the lines” as this can be a difficult task for young students.
Level Two -- Craftsmanship is good. Finished project is a usable placemat and resembles a tartan.
Level Three -- Craftsmanship is fair. Many lines are not straight and are not painted in correctly.
Level Four -- Craftsmanship is poor or is incomplete. There is no technical skill shown.
Tips: Paint over areas as needed to get a solid dark red and green color and to eliminate brush strokes.
Notes: By focusing more on Piet Mondrian and his works, this project can become a modern painting, rather than a Christmas placemat.
Extension: Designs can be made much more complicated by adding more horizontal and vertical lines or by adding more thin lines. Designs can be made easier by eliminating some or even all of the black lines. Oil pastels can be used instead of paints.
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