AT MY WINDOW – Space, Colour, Composition

Students use crayon techniques to create a drawing of an imaginary bird at their window. 

Required Time

160 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Art Techniques
Language Arts
Science
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

contrasting colour depth detail emphasis focal point space

Materials

Crayola® Crayons, Regular 24 ct Drawing Paper 30 cm x 45 cm (12" x 18") Pictures of Birds Images of Views out Windows

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Steps

AT MY WINDOW – Space, Colour, Composition - Step One

Step One

  1. Examine pictures of birds and make a list of their common characteristics. 
AT MY WINDOW – Space, Colour, Composition - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Examine the paintings and choose one that appeals to you for some reason.
  2. List the things you find interesting or like about the painting. You might want to use some of these ideas in your own drawing.
AT MY WINDOW – Space, Colour, Composition - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Make some thumbnail sketches of your ideas. 
  2. Use the thumbnail sketches as a guide, but don't be afraid to change things as your drawing progresses.
AT MY WINDOW – Space, Colour, Composition - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Begin by drawing your composition.
AT MY WINDOW – Space, Colour, Composition - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Remember to use a variety of crayon techniques as you complete the drawing.
AT MY WINDOW – Space, Colour, Composition - Step Six

Step Six

  1. When the drawing is finished you can polish it by lightly buffing it with a tissue. 

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a picture of an imaginary bird at their window using crayon techniques;
  2. Use contrast to create emphasis and the illusion of depth;
  3. Create a composition that clearly shows outside and inside;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

  1. Students work in their sketchbooks to explore different ways to use crayons to create texture and shadows.

Prepare

  1. Prior to this lesson have students experiment with crayon techniques in their sketchbooks.
    Crayon Techniques
  2. Download images from the internet, or find images in books or magazines of a variety of birds.
    Bird
    Cuckoo
    Trogon
    Woodpecker
  3. Gather images of artist's paintings featuring a view from a window. For example,
    Krohg
    Martinus
    Maes
    Sunnerberg
    Badger

Introduction

  1. Have students look at a variety of bird pictures to find some common characteristics.
  2. Make a list of characteristics of most birds
  3. Look at the composition of the pictures, the placement of figures, for example, and the use of detail and colour to show the difference between inside and outside.
  4. Introduce the challenge

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a drawing of an imaginary bird that has come to your window.
  2. Use crayon techniques such as blending and gradation.
  3. Include contrast to create emphasis and the illusion of depth.
  4. Create a composition that clearly shows outside and inside.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

 

The Process

  1. Guide students to choose a composition that appeals to them from the paintings they looked at.
  2. Encourage them to:
    ask themselves what it is that appeals to them about that composition; 
    think of the combinations of characteristics they will use for their imaginary bird;
    think of what colours they will use and why; and
    do several thumbnail sketches before beginning.
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work. 
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Once all the drawings are complete display them for a group discussion. Remind students of the challenge.
    - Look closely at the drawings.
    - Choose one that interests you for some reason.
    - Share thoughts about the work
  2. During the discussion include references to:
    contrast – how it has been used to create depth
    movement – how colour and patterns get the eye to travel through the whole space
    technique – how have different techniques been used to create the sense of space

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - WINDOW_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - WINDOW-assessment.pdf)