Fourth Grade Zentangle Style Animals
Fourth graders learned about the art of zentangles (a meditative type of drawing that begins with a random curved line and the various sections are then developed with intricate patterns and designs). First, we examined and practiced creating various zentangels. Then students selected an animal of which to create a contour drawing. Finally students used zentangle drawings to fill in the animals. To create contrast, students selected warm or cool colors for their animal and used liquid watercolor paints from the opposite color family for their backgrounds. This was a challenging unit and the results are impressive.
MA Frameworks-1.1 Use a variety of materials and media, for example, crayons, chalk, paint, clay, various kinds of papers, textiles, and yarns, and understand how to use them to produce different visual effects 1.2 Create artwork in a variety of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) media, for example: 2D – drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, weaving; 3D – plastic (malleable) materials such as clay and paper, wood, or found objects for assemblage and construction 1.3 Learn and use appropriate vocabulary related to methods, materials, and techniques 1.4 Learn to take care of materials and tools and to use them safely 2.1 For color, explore and experiment with the use of color in dry and wet media 2.2 For line, explore the use of line in 2D and 3D works Identify a wide variety of types of lines in the environment and in artwork 2.5 For pattern and symmetry, explore the use of patterns and symmetrical shapes in 2D and 3D works Identify patterns and symmetrical forms and shapes in the environment and artwork. Explain and demonstrate ways in which patterns and symmetrical shapes may be made 3.2 Create 2D and 3D expressive artwork that explores abstraction