DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast

Students create a dreamscape picture using a printing plate from a previous lesson, Crayola Project Glue and Crayola Construction Paper Crayons.

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 3 to Grade 8

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

colour composition contrast dreamscape repetition texture

Materials

Crayola Construction Paper Crayons Glue Sticks Printing Plate from a previous lesson Pencils Copy Paper Soft Tissue Googly Eyes (optional) White Glue Construction Paper

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Steps

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step One

Step One

Before beginning your good picture draw a few test shapes on a piece of scrap paper using Crayola Project Glue. This will allow you to know how big to design your shapes when you draw your dreamscape.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Two

Step Two

Place the printing plate shape on a piece of copy paper. Move it around until you have the perfect spot to begin your composition. Draw the dreamscape around your shape. This is your rough drawing.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Three

Step Three

Place your rough drawing beside the construction paper.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Four

Step Four

Place the printing plate shape on top of the construction paper. Let the rough drawing guide where you place it. Use a pencil to trace around the shape.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Five

Step Five

Draw the dreamscape using Crayola Project Glue. Use the rough drawing as a guide. Don't worry if your glue drawing changes a little.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Six

Step Six

Do not outline the printing plate shape with glue.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Seven

Step Seven

Allow the glue to dry for about 3 hours. It will be clear and shiny.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Eight

Step Eight

Cover the back of the printing plate shape with glue stick. Make sure you put lots of glue over the whole surface.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Nine

Step Nine

Press the shape into place and carefully apply pressure to the outer edges.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Ten

Step Ten

Turn the paper over and apply pressure to the entire surface of the shape. 

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

Colour inside the shapes using Crayola Construction Paper Crayons.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

Decide if you want to colour the printing plate shape too.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

Try blending colours. For example, use a light colour and a darker colour. First colour in the entire shape with the light colour. Then colour some of the darker colour over the light colour. Press hard to lay down lots of crayon. 

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Fourteen

Step Fourteen

Lightly polish the drawing using a soft tissue. The crayon will become smooth and shiny.

DRAWING A DREAM – Texture, Colour, Contrast - Step Fifteen

Step Fifteen

Add a googly eye if you need one. Give your drawing a title. For example, this drawing is titled, "I Dreamed I Went To Candy Land".

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Compose an imaginary scene using shapes, colours and textures; 
  2. Create a dreamscape using glue and crayon blending techniques;
  3. Use repetition and contrast to move the eye through the composition;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence 

Extensions

  1. Place students into groups of about 6.
  2. Have them use their pictures to create a story with a strong beginning, middle and end.
  3. Ask students to create a written narrative, practise reading it, and then publish the story using scanned images of their pictures in a slideshow with recorded voice over. (An app such as Shadow Puppet is perfect for this task.)
  4. View all the stories in a mini-festival.
  5. Have students write a review of the event.

Prepare

  1. Prior to this lesson do the printmaking lesson using tag manilla to make a printing plate. (A WORLD WITHOUT - Making an Edition of Prints) Edition of Prints
  2. Use the cleaned printing plate for this lesson. 
  3. Create a sample.
  4. Prepare a spot to place the glue pictures while they dry. Ideally do the glue drawing at the end of the day so you can leave the pictures on desks to dry overnight.

 

Introduction

  1. Ask children to think about their printing plate animal and to imagine them dreaming of a special place they would like to visit.
  2. Brainstorm the kinds of places these might be and the details one might expect to see. Remind them that in a dream anything is possible.
  3. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Compose an imaginary scene using shapes, colours and textures.
  2. Create a dreamscape using glue and crayon blending techniques.
  3. Use repetition and contrast to move the eye through the composition.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Show students the sample artwork and discuss how the lines were made of glue. Explain that they will be using special crayons to get the luminous effect.
  2. Explain that this is a two day project because the glue takes 3 hours to dry. They will do the drawings first, and colour them on another day.
  3. Ask students to make a few test shapes to guage how thick the lines will be and how it feels to draw with glue.
  4. Encourage students to decide where they will place their printing plate shape to make the best composition.
  5. Remind students to repeat shapes and lines throughout the composition.
  6. Walk them through the steps of the project.
  7. Observe students as they work. From time to time ask them to stop and view their work from a bit of a distance so they can see it with 'fresh eyes'.
  8. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Display the completed paintings for a group discussion. Remind students of the challenge.
  2. Ask students to:
    - Look closely at the drawings.
    - Choose one that interests you for some reason.
    - Share thoughts about the work.
  3. ​During the discussion include references to:
    imagination – how it has been used create an intriguing composition
    - repetition and contrast – how they have been used to get the eye to travel through the whole space
    - technique – the use of blending techniques and glue lines

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 - DREAMLAND_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - DREAMLAND_self-assessment.pdf)