A super simple lesson that can be adapted for
all ages. The main aim of this lesson is to look
at the Visual Elements of line, pattern, shape
and colour. As I go through the demo we
talk about the different areas, with the kids
pretty much giving all the input and
1. With younger classes I tend to use a template, offering the kids a choice of three different birds, I like using a blackbird, robin and an owl. ( see photo 1)
2. We talk about line, shape and pattern, and breaking the outline of the bird into smaller shapes.( see photo 2)
3. Then in each of these shapes we fill in different lines and patterns, for this particular lesson this is all to be done in line, with no colouring in, you'll see why later on
( see photo 3)
4. Once completed, I photo copy the drawing. We put the original to one side and use the photo copied version for the next stage. The reason I do this is that we use watercolour paint for the colour part - and if water and black felt tip pen mix the black starts to go everywhere. You could easily use coloured pencils or pens.
5. Add colour - I let the kids go for it, they can mix and use any colours they want, I suggest they use different colours in each part. When using watercolours I make it more about the how to use the paint. ( see photo 4)
Gyl works as an art and design teacher with primary school children. Having previously taught art and design at high school, worked at the Venice Bienalle, and as an arts lecturer at further education college. She also enjoys making her own work.