CRAYON RESIST CARD – Colour, Contrast, Shape

Students use crayons and watercolour paints to create a crayon resist illustration on a card that contains a story or poem they have written.

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 8

Subject

Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

colour composition contrast crayon resist detail shape

Materials

Regular Not Washable Crayons Watercolour Paints Paint Brushes Salt Masking Tape Water Containers Plastic Placemats Cardstock Paper 21.25 cm x 27.5 cm (8.5" x 11") - 1 per card

Steps

CRAYON RESIST CARD – Colour, Contrast, Shape - Step One

Step One

  1. Fold the cardstock paper in half horizontally – short end to short end.
  2. Line up the corners, and make a firm crease along the fold.
CRAYON RESIST CARD – Colour, Contrast, Shape - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Tape the folded cardstock to a plastic placemat.
  2. Make sure the tape runs along the full length of each edge. 
CRAYON RESIST CARD – Colour, Contrast, Shape - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Draw a design or picture on the paper.
  2. Colour the drawing with crayons.
  3.  Press hard with the crayons and do not colour on the whole page.
CRAYON RESIST CARD – Colour, Contrast, Shape - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Use watercolours to paint over the drawing.
  2. Use several colours and let them bleed into each other.
CRAYON RESIST CARD – Colour, Contrast, Shape - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Sprinkle some salt over the paint while it is still wet.
CRAYON RESIST CARD – Colour, Contrast, Shape - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Allow the painting to dry, then gently brush away the salt.
  2. Carefully remove the tape from the edges. 
  3. Write a message inside the card.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Compose a scene or design to illustrate a specific piece of writing;
  2. Create a crayon resist card;
  3. Use contrast to add visual interest;
  4. Explain how water affects wax;
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  6. Support their ideas with evidence found in the artworks.

Extensions

Have students:

  1. Explore watercolour painting techniques using the lesson plan available on this website.
    Exploring Watercolours

Prepare

  1. Download and display the Colour, Shape and Contrast posters available on this website.
    Posters 
  2. Prepare materials to use for a demonstration.
  3. Prepare a completed sample.
  4. Gather, and make available, picture books that have interesting illustrations.

Introduction

  1. View picture book illustrations drawing attention to how the details in the illustrations connect to the story.
    - placement of objects to move the eye through the page
    - use of colour to draw attention to specific details
    - use of shape to move the eye through the composition
    - use of contrasting colours to add visual interest
    - overall composition
  2. Show students your sample and ask them how they think it was made.
  3. Demonstrate the process for making a crayon resist painting by first drawing with crayon on a piece of paper, and then painting over it. 
  4. Discuss what happens when watercolour paint is painted over wax crayon.
    - Water and wax are different forms of matter.
    - Matter is made up of tiny molecules that are attracted to each other.
    - Water beads up when it is on wax - the water molecules stick together but not to the wax.
    - Water and wax do not mix - artists use this understanding of chemistry to make art using a technique called crayon resist.
  5. Discuss the use of shape and contrast. Focus on the purpose or theme of the writing, and what an appropriate image would be. 
  6. Introduce the challenge

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Compose a scene or design to illustrate a specific piece of writing.
  2. Create a crayon resist card.
  3. Use contrast to add visual interest.
  4. Explain how water affects wax.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  6. Support your ideas with evidence found in the artworks.

The Process

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - used colours that go with the theme of my writing
    - created an illustration with details that connect with my writing

    - used contrast to create visual interest
    - pressed hard with crayon so it shows through the watercolour paints
    - created a card that is in good condition
  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. Place students into partners.
  2. Ask them to: 
    - Share their cards, taking turns looking at the illustration and reading/listening to the writing.
    - Discuss the things that are especially effective and why.
    - Talk about how the details in the illustration provide additional information and help to bring the writing to life.

    - Talk about what they found difficult and what they found easy to do.
  3. Share ideas with the whole class. 
  4. Ask students to tell how they felt about doing this project.

Assessment

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