BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern

Students create an aluminum foil tape covered heart, draw patterns and designs on it and colour it with permanent markers, then they use the heart shaped design as part of a Valentine's Day card.

Required Time

40 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 6

Subject

Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

line pattern shape symbol

Materials

Crayola Permanent Markers Crayola Glue Sticks Crayola Scissors Crayola Construction Paper Wooden Candy Apple Sticks Small Pieces of Felt Cardstock Paper 11.5 cm x 14 cm (4.5" x 5.5") - 1 per student Aluminum Foil Tape Bristol Board 11.5 cm x 14 cm (4.5" x 5.5") - for heart shaped tracers

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Steps

BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern - Step One

Step One

  1. Tear 3 strips of aluminum foil tape about 13 cm long.
  2. Remove the paper backing.
  3. Stick the foil tape to the cardstock paper.
  4. Cover the whole paper with the foil tape.
BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Don't worry if there are a few wrinkles in the tape.
  2. Let the ends of the tape stick to the table.
  3. Press the tape flat and smooth on the cardstock paper.
BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Lift the foil covered paper off the desk.
  2. Fold the extra tape around the outer edges of your paper to the back.
  3. Use a tracer to outline the shape of a heart on the foil covered paper.
BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Cut out the heart shape.
BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Place the heart on a small piece of felt.
  2. Use a wooden candy apple stick to draw designs and patterns on the foil.
BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Use Crayola permanent markers to colour your design.
BE MY VALENTINE – Shape, Line, Pattern - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half short end to short end.
  2. Glue the heart to the paper.
  3. Write a message on the front and inside the card.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • cover a piece of cardstock paper with aluminum foil tape;
  • cut a heart shape out of paper covered with aluminum foil tape.
  • create a design using colour, line and patterns;
  • create a Valentine's Day card that includes the heart shaped design;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

Extensions

Have students:

  • explore different ways to use aluminum foil tape;
  • create a 3-dimensional artwork that incorporates a unique use of aluminum foil tape;
  • write a description of their process;
  • share their work with others. 

Prepare

  1. Pre-cut the cardstock paper 11.5 cm x 14 cm (4.5" x 5.5”) - 1 piece per student.
  2. For Kindergarten and grade 1 cut Bristol board tracers enough for students to share.
  3. Download and display the Shape, Line and Repetition posters available on this website.
  4. For grades 2 and higher photocopy the Creating Patterns guide - enough for groups of students to share. (Downloads - CreatingPatterns.pdf)
  5. For primary classes gather and make available books about Valentine's Day, for example, Here Comes Valentine Cat, by Deborah Underwood, and Claudia Rueda; Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff, and Felicia Bond; Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool, by James Dean, and Kimberly Dean and Splat the Cat: Funny Valentine, by Rob Scotton.
  6. You may want to have older students learn simple Modern Calligraphy using the techniques lesson plan available on this website.
  7. Review patterns and the use of repetition to create them.
  8. Create a sample piece of cardstock paper covered in aluminum foil tape to use for demonstration.

Introduction

  1. Conduct a read aloud using a book such as Here Comes Valentine Cat, by Deborah Underwood, and Claudia Rueda.
  2. Discuss Valentine's Day and the symbols people use to celebrate it.
  3. Discuss the element of colour and characteristics of colours, for example, warm and cool colours, bright and dull colours, light and dark colours.
  4. Discuss patterns and the use of repetition to create them.
  5. Demonstrate how to make a cover the cardstock paper with aluminum foil tape.
  6. Introduce the challenge.

 

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Cover a piece of cardstock paper with aluminum foil tape.
  2. Cut a heart shape out of paper covered with aluminum foil tape.
  3. Create a design using colour, line and patterns.
  4. Create a Valentine's Day card that includes the heart shaped design.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - covered a piece of cardstock paper with aluminum foil tape
    - cut out a heart shape
    - created a design that includes several different patterns
    - used contrasting colours to emphasize different areas of my design
    - added text to my design
    - created a Valentine's Day card that is in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Encourage students to think of how they can use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  5. Observe students as they work. 
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Place students into small groups.
  2. Ask them to: 
    - Share their Valentine's Day cards and take turns discussing the things that are especially effective and why.
    - Talk about how the colours express a feeling.
    - Talk about who would really enjoy their Valentine's Day card, and why.

    - Talk about what they found satisfying about making the Valentine's Day card.
  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 their artworks – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, holds Valentine's Day card to the side, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - ValentineCard_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - ValentineCard_self-assessment.pdf, or ValentineCardPrimary_self-assessment.pdf)