Art Classes: Level I


Art Lesson Level I-Art Lesson 10: Four Suns With Four Faces


Learn to use warm and cool colors with light and dark values

Art Lesson Description:

Kids love to draw the sun, and they often finish a drawing by putting a big yellow sun in it. So why not draw a picture that is only a sun! Besides, since sunlight is full-spectrum light (it has every color in it), why not make a picture of the sun that uses every color in the color wheel? That’s what we set out to do in this lesson.

We begin the lesson by showing four rather unusual images of the sun that we’ve found, and we use these as inspiration for you to design your own sun. The part of the lesson where we draw the sun offers lots of opportunity for creativity!

The coloring process is even more fun.

  • We color half of the sun, its rays, and the remaining space with warm oil pastel colors,
  • And color the other half with cool colors.
  • Then, to make things really interesting, we add a lighter or darker value to part of each warm color and each cool color.

The result is a dynamic, cheerful picture that is very easy for first graders to draw, and satisfying for people of any age to color.

THIS LESSON IS OFFERED IN BOTH VIDEO AND POWERPOINT FORMATS


List of Supplies for Each Art Student:

  • A print-out of the warm-up
  • A fine tipped black magic marker
  • A 2H drawing pencil
  • A set of oil pastels
  • A jar of water for rinsing
  • An 11” x 14” sheet of drawing paper
  • A lead pencil with an eraser on top of it (You will use the eraser as a blending tool)

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Science:

Art: The sun you draw in this lesson looks somewhat like a Picasso drawing. Learn more about Picasso:

Haitian artists:


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the sun: 20 minutes
  • Coloring with oil pastels: 25-40 minutes

 


One of the original images
One of the original images
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Picture
A Finished Picture

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