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by TeacherLem Iglesias

I love Cartooning and Caricature. These are staple activities in my art classes and are very popular with my students.

It’s always amusing to draw something funny and learn about Lines, Shapes, Colours and Pattern at the same time.

Students of my P6J and P6L Class in Caricature.

Students of my P6J and P6L Class in Caricature.

Project Title: CARICATURE YOUR PARTNER

Samples Created by: Primary 6 Students

Age: 11-12 years old

Materials:

    • A5 Cardboard

    • Coloured Pencils

    • Coloured Markers

    • Oil Pastels

PREPARATION:

Same as our art activity with Primary 4 (click THIS LINK), we started this lesson with a quick review of Lines and Shapes, leading to a related discussion about Patterns. We asked the students to name all of the following images to help them describe their drawings  in a more specific manner later.

Basic Lines and Shapes Memory Game-Slide.

Basic Lines and Shapes Memory Game-Slide.

The Lines:

  • Thin and Thick
  • Straight, Zigzag, Wavy and Curved
  • Dash, Dots and Continuous
  • Vertical, Diagonal and Horizontal
  • Short and Long
  • Angle and Spiral

The Shapes:

  • Triangle, Square, Pentagon and Hexagon
  • Octagon, Circle, Rectangle and Oval

Define Pattern: an Organised Repetition of Lines, Shapes or Colours in a Design.

Afterwards, we demonstrated how to draw a basic caricature (click >> THIS LINK for details).

PROCEDURE:

STEP 1: Draw your partner, the person beside you or  the person in front of you.

We assigned a partner to every student and made them face each other in a table.

We distributed worksheets to guide them in drawing a basic caricature (worksheets are available here >> click THIS LINK. Just scroll down towards the mid-part of the blogpost).

We told the class to use a Pencil first to create a sketch and then finalise their lines using a Black Marker.

Pencil / Marker-Line Drawing First

Pencil / Marker-Line Drawing First

 

STEP 2: Create  patterns (using Lines and Shapes) in the background.

Once the caricature is done, the students were asked to create patterns in the background by first drawing different kinds of lines from the caricatured image going towards the edge of the cardboard, like “rays of sunshine”.

Then between each type of line, they should draw a pattern of shapes from the caricatured image up to the edge of the cardboard.

Patterns For Background.

Patterns For Background.

 

STEP 3: Colour the areas of your choice using coloured pencils or oil pastels.

There are two ways to do this part:

The “Easy” Way —  just tell the students that they can choose any colour combination they like

Spontaneous and Surprising Colour Combinations

Spontaneous and Surprising Colour Combinations

Or…

The “Enlightened” Way– You can introduce them to  Monochromatic Colours — a colour scheme based on one Hue, that goes lighter (tint) or darker (shade). Then assign a certain “Colour Group” to each table, “the Red Group, Blue Group, Yellow Group” and so on.

Photo courtesy of http://debbiehodge.com

Monochromatic Red and Monochromatic Blue

Monochromatic Red and Monochromatic Blue

They were instructed to only use different shades of colour that is related to their assigned colour. Example for Red, they can also use Red Orange and Red Violet. They were also allowed to use the complementary colour for Red, which is Green and colours with a similar shade like Blue Green and Yellow Green.

SAMPLES:

Here are sample results from this activity from my Primary 6 classes. You will notice that some students used the Monochromatic Colour Schemes, while others used other colour combinations.

Caricatures by Primary 6J and 6L

Caricatures by Primary 6J and 6L

Caricatures by Primary 6P

Caricatures by Primary 6P

Caricatures by Primary 6L

Caricatures by Primary 6L

POST ACTIVITY: 

If you have some extra time left for your Art period, it’s always a good opportunity to involve the students in evaluating their own work. See our blog post about EXHIBITION, PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION (please create a specific criteria for this project) >>click THIS LINK.

And as with all art projects, this one was capped by an awesome bulletin board display in one of our school’s hallways. A fitting tribute to all the hard work and creativity shown by my students 🙂

190+ caricature/portraits by Primary 4-5-6 students (age 9-12 y.o).

190+ caricature / portraits by Primary 4-5-6 students (age 9-12 y.o).

The art works are displayed in an accessible hallway where a lot of people can see it.

The art works are displayed in a hallway where a lot of people can see it.

 

SOURCES:

This blog post is our inspiration. I saw it and thought, ‘What a wonderful idea!’ Thanks, Natalie!

Here’s her awesome website >> http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/2011/08/back-to-school-ideas.html

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I hope you and your kids will have as much fun as we did with this project. See you next Saturday    🙂

By the way, it’s our anniversary post. We’re two years old!

Thank you for all your support, and ‘likes’ and ‘comments’.

A special shout out to my awesome 24 followers. Bless you all.

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