Objective:

Students will recognize “warm” and “cool” colors within nature and works of art.
Students will recognize the purpose of using warm and cool colors within a work of art.

Procedure:

The lesson will begin with the students seated at their desks. Students will be shown some pictures-a yellow sun, a sunflower, a pitcher of lemonade, and a bowl of oranges. The students will be asked what the pictures make them think of. Various answers will be given. The students will then be asked how the pictures make them feel. They will be asked to pay particluar attention to the colors represented in the pictures. The students may recognize that the colors have an energizing effect on the mood. The students will be told that colors such as red, yellow, orange, and even brown and black are considered warm colors and are vivid in nature. The students will then be shown a new set of pictures-a blue ocean, a green meadow, and a purple sunset. Again, the students will be asked what the pictures make them think of and how they make them feel. The students may recognize that the colors tend to have a calming effect on the mood. The students will be told that colors such as blue, green, and purple are considered cool colors and are soothing in nature. The students will then be asked to draw a picture of something they have seen in the outdoors using warm colors and then a second picture using cool colors. Once the pictures are completed. The students will be asked to meet on the “carpet area”. The students will be asked about what kind of pictures they drew and how they want the pictures to make people feel. The lesson will come to a close with the students being asked to share something they learned from the lesson.

Materials:

Photographic pictures, crayons, two pieces of drawing paper per child