Much of Spanish artist, Joan Miro’s later work is wonderful inspiration for young children because of it’s child and dream like simplicity and abstract nature. Many of his works at this time were quite surreal and imaginative that used shapes, symbols and a limited colour palette. He often used primary colours too.
We looked at the artwork “Sun Eater” or sometimes called “Imaginary Boy” by Joan Miro made in the 1950s discussing shapes, lines and colours. They found the tiny bit of yellow in the eye and we reviewed the primary colours.
Students began by drawing the basic shapes on their paper in pencil first to make sure they had the size right. They then used paint sticks in any chosen primary colour to colour the circle on the body, followed by the surrounding square, then the stripe across the eye, making sure they used the three primary colours. Because paint sticks dry so quickly, they were able to then go over their pencil lines on the head, eyes, nose and mouth before using straight vertical and horizontal lines across and down the square body.
Lesson Plan for Prep/ Foundation aligned to Victorian Curriculum with lesson steps and success criteria statements.
LEARNING INTENTIONS: To learn about the Primary Colours To learn about line and shape To learn about the artist Alexander Calder
SUCCESS CRITERIA: I can use the primary colours in a digital artwork. I can use various lines and ORGANIC shapes in an artwork. I know that Alexander Calder made artworks and mobiles that often used primary colours.
This lesson uses the Brushes App to make a digital artwork. We looked at Alexander Calder’s paintings and discussed the colours, lines and shapes used. We looked at the colour wheel to identify the primary colours.
LINES: curved, loopy, wavy, straight SHAPES: rounded and organic, circles
Students opened Brushes App to start a “new painting”. I showed them how to find or edit a ‘brush’ so they had a smooth stroke and choose black to draw various lines and some shapes inspired by Calder’s work.
They then need to add a layer (this will need to be demonstrated) Primary colours: red blue and yellow, are chosen to colour in the shapes and maybe add a shape, spiral, or line.
The outline layer is dragged on top of the colouring in layer.
This was a great remote art lesson for the younger children. I posted a link for the story on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIva59P4HiY&t=54s and made a video of the steps to draw the Love Monster (Prep version- no arms or feet, Year 1/2 version with the arms and feet!) I also discussed the use of PRIMARY COLOURS, red, blue and yellow, and the use of TEXTURE- using lines for the fur.
LEARNING INTENTION: To follow guided instruction to draw the Love Monster. We will use SHAPE, LINE, TEXTURE and COLOUR to complete our picture.
SUCCESS CRITERIA: I can follow the guided instruction to draw the SHAPE of the Love Monster, including eyes, mouth and a heart. I can use short LINES to add TEXTURE for fur. I can colour in using the PRIMARY COLOURS, red, yellow and blue.
This art lesson is a good for Foundation students early in the year. It fits in well with themes of ‘Community’ or ‘My Neighbourhood’ when these Mondrian artworks can be interpreted like a map with the lines being streets and the coloured shapes being places on the map like houses. It introduces the primary colours and horizontal and vertical lines. Full lesson plan with Victorian Curriculum alignments below.