Folk Tale Books with Phillip Martin
Lesson Plan
Learner Outcomes:
Color: Understand that colors can be transparent and opaque
  Understand that color schemes can be analogous, monochromatic and complementary
Line: Appreciate that line is used to represent the world around us
Space: Appreciate that positive and negative space is used to enhance aesthetics
Texture: Appreciate that texture is used to enhance realism
  Appreciate that texture is used to enhance aesthetics
Design: Realize that the contrast of value (tone) causes eye movement
  Appreciate the difference between unity and monotony in art
Materials: 25 pencils
  25 erasers
  colored pencils
  25 fine black markers
Vocabulary: Transparent, Opaque, Analogous, Monochromatic and Complementary Colors, Line, Positive and Negative Space, Texture, Media, Unity, Monotony

The ten illustrations for this project are on 6 inch by 6 inch drawing paper. However, the students may choose what media works best for them. Most of them work with colored pencils but they may also use water colors, pastels or whatever works for them.

If the students use colored pencils (as I do in all colored pencil activities) I stress that they don't press too hard, stay in the lines, color one direction and color twice. It really makes such a difference when two shades of one color are used. I say that over and over in my lessons and in my classes.

When the illustrations are completed, I suggest that the teacher glues them to the computer print outs of the text (unless the students are old enough to do this with success).

As for the covers, I use poster board and laminate the covers. My school had a binding machine (which I hope most schools do). I bind all the books. The finished projects are just exceptional.

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