Art Classes: Level II


Level II-Art Lesson 9: The Mermaid From Denmark:


Learn to use color and details to make one element of a picture stand out from the rest

Art Lesson Description:

People around the globe, from ancient times to the present, have been telling stories about mermaids—

  • Columbus reported seeing them on his voyages.
  • Welsh people tell about mermaids who cause trouble.
  • The Chinese say that when mermaids cry, their tears turn to pearls.

However, the most famous mermaid story is probably the one told by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Little Mermaid.” The fame of that story inspired a statue in the Copenhagen harbor, and even a special Danish coin. Our lesson on mermaids is based on the Danish coin. It’s simple design is easy to draw, and the fact that the mermaid is facing away from us removes any worry about what she might be wearing!

Students will draw the mermaid and create a simple background (the coin includes some helpful suggestions for what to put in the background). After that, students will:

  • Outline the mermaid with with black glue (a simple recipe is included!)
  • Learn to use color and details to make the mermaid the focus of the picture, and
  • Use what they have learned to paint the mermaid with oil pastels and watercolors.

The lesson is appropriate for students in grades 3 through adult.

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Anamaree O., who wanted an art project about princesses or mermaids for her daughter, provided inspiration for this lesson.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 copy of the warm-up
  • 11” x 15” watercolor paper
  • 1 fine tipped black magic marker
  • #2 pencil or 2H pencil
  • 1 set of oil pastels
  • 1 set of watercolors
  • #6 round watercolor brush
  • Black liquid acrylic paint
  • 1.25 fl. oz. bottle of white school glue
  • Masking tape
  • A painting board (a 12” x 16” or larger piece of masonite)
  • Acrylic glitter paint (optional)
  • Gold paint pen (optional)

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Literature:

Geography:

History:

Recipes for Danish Cuisine:


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the picture: 20 minutes
  • Making and applying black glue: 25 minutes + 1 hour to let it dry
  • Using watercolors and oil pastels to color the picture: 30-45 minutes

 


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Drawing
A Finished Drawing

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