This simple, no prep art lesson focuses on the art elements color and texture. Students use a gesture-drawing technique to create a textured heart using both warm and cool color palettes.
Basic color theory and art appreciation are incorporated in this lesson as students look at and discuss the art work of American artist Jim Dine, who is well-known for his heart paintings. Students also learn about visual texture. asymmetry, and background. The lesson uses crayons but other media, such as oil pastels or watercolor, could provide alternate texture treatments.
The lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for looking at art by Jim Dine
- directions for art-making
- ideas for varying the lesson
- suggestion for writing extension
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
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This lesson is bundled in Art Lessons With Hearts,
along with three other art lessons:
Primary Colors Pop Art Hearts
Warm and Cool Pop Art Hearts
Another heart lesson you might enjoy is HeartTangles
- a variation on Zentangle drawing.
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
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