This third grade lesson idea will introduce my students to the concept of drawing a form from a shape. Specifically, they will change a rectangle into a cylindrical mug full of steamy hot chocolate. They will then make this drawing into a still life with clear foreground and background, fill it with both shape and line pattern, and use color balance as they paint. This painting will then have a digital extension (making it transdigital) where they will animate steam coming from the mug, (possibly floating marshmallows), and snow falling out the window in the background.
Step One: Understanding cylinders
I took a photo of a mug and projected on my interactive board. I then asked students to take turns finding the contour lines to help them see the curves of the rim, bottom, handle, and vertical edges. This whole class exercise help us focus on the drawing challenges before they began trying it on their paper.
Step Two: Begin drawing the cylinder
I had 4" x 6" rectangles for each student and an old CD to get them started. These tracers help them plan the composition of their still life before they began drawing since they are concrete measures of size and placement to help avoid the frustration of redrawing when they realize that the object was too small, too high on the paper or too low. This also gave students a way to clearly see the transformation of shape to form as well.
Step Three: Compose a still life
We will take out the rulers and create vertical and horizontal lines stop and start again to indicate overlapping to depict the edge of a table and a window in the background. We need both elements for our future animation and pattern design.
Step Four: Draw a plan for pattern
Step Five: Paint with color balance
Finished Student Paintings
Step Six: Animation of steam & snow
We will import our painting into the Do Ink Animation app to create a flipbook style animation with a handful of frames. Then combine the animation and painting in the composition mode of the same app. More info coming soon...
Resources: Polar Express
Full story of the Polar Express book (16 minutes)
Hot chocolate scene of Polar Express animated movie (3 minutes)
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