SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture

Students use paint, oil pastels, handprinted papers and a variety of materials to design an imaginary scene.

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Language Arts
Visual Arts
Media Literacy
Director's Cut

Vocabulary

balance colour contrast mixed media texture variety

Materials

Tempera Paint Stamp Shapes Other Embellishments (optional) Glue Sticks Scissors Shish kebab Skewers Crayola Washable Glue Oil Pastels

Steps

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step One

Step One

Think of the important details in your story. How will you show them in your illustration to set the scene for the story? Make several thumbnail sketches and then a rough plan drawing. Use this plan to guide you as you create your mixed media scene.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Two

Step Two

Use paint and the foam shapes, and any other objects to print interesting patterns on several pieces of construction paper. 

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Three

Step Three

Fill the paper with patterns and contrasting colours.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Four

Step Four

Make some construction paper beads to add texture to your scene. Start by cutting small rectangles.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Five

Step Five

Cut the rectangles into triangles.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Six

Step Six

Put glue on the thin part of the triangle. Make sure you do NOT put glue near the base of the triangle.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Seven

Step Seven

Place a skewer along the base of the triangle. Gently roll the paper around the skewer.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Eight

Step Eight

Remove the paper from the skewer.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Nine

Step Nine

Make lots of these paper beads to add to your collection of printed papers.

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Ten

Step Ten

Cut out shapes and add painted details to your composition. Use line, colour and lots of different materials to add interest to your work. When you are almost finished place the scene where you can see it from a bit of a distance. Check to see if there is enough contrast to make the important shapes stand out. Is there anything else you need to do?

SETTING THE SCENE – Mixed Media, Contrast, Texture - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

Keep working until you are satisfied with the final piece. Look at it from a distance to see it with fresh eyes. This is the setting for a story. What story does it tell?

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a mixed media scene that is the setting for a story;
  2. Use different textures to add variety to their work;
  3. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

  1. Have students use their scenes in a Claymation video.
  2. Have students use their scenes as a 'looking at art' game. They first write a clear description of the scene. Then they work with a partner. Keeping the scene hidden, they read their description while the partner draws what they hear. Once the drawing is complete the picture is revealed and compared with the drawing. Students assess how well the description guided the drawing.
  3. Have students write a synopsis of their story. Display the scenes and synopses beside each other. Encourage students to write comments on post-it notes to be placed alongside the works.

Prepare

  1. Prior to this lesson have students write an imaginary story based on a theme you are studying.
  2. Gather and display a variety of picture books. For example, Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff 
  3. Gather plastic placemats one for each student.
  4. Gather the required art materials and place them in baskets for easy distribution.
  5. Place students into small groups so they can share materials.

Introduction

  1. Show students a variety of media, for example construction paper, oil pastels, crayons, paints, glitter glue.
  2. Ask what these things have in common. 
  3. Encourage students to share ideas about how the media are used and talk about how some artists use more than one medium in a single artwork. Ask them to consider why they would do this.
  4. Examine several of the illustrations in the picture books and discuss how the pictures contribute to the story. Notice the use of contrast, texture and detail.
  5. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a mixed media scene that is the setting for a story.
  2. Use different textures to add variety to your work.
  3. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  2. Observe students as they work.
  3. Encourage them to share and expand on each others' ideas as they explore the materials.  
  4. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Place students into small groups. 
  2. Ask them to: 
    - Compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects.
    - Tell each other how their picture sets the scene for their story.
    - Talk about what was difficult and what was easy for them.
  3. Share ideas with the whole class. 
  4. Ask them 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 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. (Download - MIXED_MEDIA_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - MIXED_MEDIA_self-assessment.pdf or MIXED_MEDIA_PRIMARY.pdf)