Drawing a Rainbow By Andrew Firestone CTGE 5212 Due April 17
- The main goal of this lesson is to apply previous science knowledge about weather and the color wheel to create a correct artistic representation of rainbows using a crayon-resist method.
- The following materials will be needed:
- Crayons (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
- Watercolor paints (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
- With primary and secondary colors- maybe paint mixing using just the three primary colors
- Tablecloths (something to ensure the paint doesn’t get on the table)
- Students will identify the reasons a rainbow occurs.
- Students will recognize the correct color pattern in a rainbow as primary and secondary colors
- Students will learn the crayon-resist technique
- Students will create a visual representation of a rainbow using the crayon-resist technique.
- Students will say what they learned about weather
- Brainstorming session focusing on clouds and cloud formations
- Introduce rainbows. Ask students if they saw one and what it looked like (colors).
- Reinforce knowledge of primary and secondary colors
- How the secondary colors are formed
- Explain the crayon resist method
- Press down hard with crayons, then gloss over it with watercolor paint
- After discussion on rainbow formation and colors, children will have the chance to create their own rainbow using the crayon resist method
- After proper distribution of materials, students will begin by drawing and coloring a rainbow using crayons
- Remind students to press hard on the piece of paper
- Drawing should be in “proper rainbow order”
- Students can also draw other details, like the sun, raindrops, or clouds
- Familiarize students with the watercolor technique
- Wet the color first, brush gently, then rinse and wipe the brush between colors
- Students should brush quickly across the paper
- This will create a beaded effect
- If some students are done early, they can write in their journals what they learned about rainbows, Roy G Biv, and the crayon resist
- This is done only when student has cleaned his/her workspace
- Did students use the colors of the rainbow in the proper order?
- Did students use the crayon-resist method properly?
- Hopefully, some kids will want to learn as to why the colors of the rainbow are what they are