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Materials: 8 1/2 by 11 inch white construction paper, 3 warm color crayons
Background: When looking around the natural world, artists may use colors that give a warm feel. These colors may include red-violet, red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange and yellow. Lines may be straight. Shapes may be angular.
Procedure: The teacher will begin the lesson by reading the story Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott.
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale
by Gerald McDermott
While reading the story, take time to point out the beautiful illustrations. After reading the story, discuss what colors and shapes were used in the story.
What colors are considered warm?
What makes a line straight?
What makes a shape angular?
At this point, each student picks out 3 warm color crayons to use. Each child is then given a white piece of construction paper.
The student begins by drawing a circle, anywhere on the page, with one of their warm color crayons. This circle may be in the middle, the right or on the left side of the paper. From this circle, they will draw lines radiating from the circle. They will then fill up the whole area with lines, angular shapes and designs. The goal is that the sun and each ray will be filled with unique designs. At this point, the teacher may refer back to the book to show the type of designs Gerald McDermott used.
Technique to explore: When coloring very hard and fast, the students may notice that their colors 'sing'! After the project is complete and no white space is left on the paper, the student may take a tissue and rub it over the entire paper to make it very shiny.
Optional: While the students are working on their project, Native American music can be played. Or Native American storyteller tape, such as The Boy who Lived with the Bear as told by Joe Bruchac.