# ELEMENTS CHALLENGE – Colour, Texture, Line, Shape

Students discover ways to work with Model Magic as they experiment with colour, line, shape and texture.

80 Minutes

Art Techniques
Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

#### Vocabulary

colour composition contrast line non-objective design overlapping shape texture

#### Materials

Crayola Model Magic - Assorted colours Scissors Cardboard tracers of geometric shapes (square, circle, triangle, parallelogram) Garlic Presses Toothpicks Foam Core Board 15 cm X 15 cm (6"x6")

## Steps

### Step One

1. Think of 3 challenges for each element and fill out the Challenges form.

### Step Two

1. Create a design on the foam core board by tracing around geometric (or other) shapes.

### Step Three

1. Overlap some of the shapes to create new shapes.

### Step Four

1. Use Model Magic to fill in each of the shapes in an interesting way.

### Step Six

1. Repeat colours, textures, and lines to move the eye through the composition.
2. Use contrast to add interest to the composition.

### Step Seven

1. Check to see if you have met all of your challenges.

### Step Eight

1. Explain how you met the challenges in your design.

### Step Nine

1. Allow the design to dry for 2 days.

## Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

1. Create colours, lines and textures with Model Magic;
2. Recognize and use contrast in a composition;
3. Recognize and use colour, texture and line in a composition;
4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creative thinking; and
5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

## Extensions

1. Students use their completed square as inspiration for a story in which they shrink to a tiny person and land on the square. They describe their adventures as they travel through this unknown and strange land.
2. Students work collaboratively to place their completed designs into a class quilt. Their stories are placed around the quilt and viewers are encouraged to guess which story goes with which square.

## Prepare

1. Prior to this lesson discuss the elements of design and display the posters available on this website.
2. Download several images of abstract art from the internet. For example,
Hofheinz-Doring
Delaunay
Jonah
3. Have the masonite cut to size at the hardware store.

## Introduction

2. Write their responses on a piece of chart paper.
3. Display an image of non-objective art.
4. Discuss how the artist has used shapes, colours and lines to create the work.
5. Take note of how the colours move throughout the composition.
6. Explain that they will be making a non-objective artwork using geometric shapes and Model Magic.

## Activities

### The Challenge

1. Challenge yourself to create colours, lines and textures with Model Magic.
2. Use contrast to draw attention to parts of your composition.
3. Create and use different colours, textures and lines in your composition.
4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creative thinking.
5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

### The Process

1. Demonstrate how to overlap shapes to create new shapes.
2. Encourage students to repeat the same colour or texture in three different places not too close to each other on the design as they fill in the shapes. This will help balance the composition and move the eye through the picture plane.
3. Demonstrate how to press the Model Magic onto the surface of the masonite board so it really sticks.
4. After students have been working for about 15 minutes remind them to check to see how they are meeting their challeneges.

## Sharing

1. Ask students to work with a partner.
2. Have tthem take turns discussing the completed works. Encourage them to find: