Grade: Elementary
Subject: Art

#3419. Big Clown Face

Art, level: Elementary
Posted Sun Feb 27 17:55:44 PST 2005 by Linda Landers (
Elementary, Australia
Materials Required: Crayons, markers (water washable), brushed (1/2" to 1"), water
Activity Time: 30 minutes
Concepts Taught: Shape size contrast and variation, water and wax resist technique.

Get students to fill the (art paper) space.
Use two media that are complementary.
Work up a picture with repeated shapes.
Manipulate the surface with the addition of water.

Students will..
1.Organise mostly cirles to make a clown face.
2.See how size differences make different parts of the face even though the shapes are the same.
3.Discover how different media behave differently when we use them in combination and with other things like water.
4.Gain a feel for how different tools and media feel. A crayon feels different to a marker to a paintbrush. We hold them in similar and different ways to make the picture.
5.Notice and define facial expressions through shape.
6.Learn new concepts and terms.

*Teacher does each of the following first
perhaps even have two examples up to allow for variation.
1.Pin or tape up a large sheet of paper.
2.Students will have their paper in portrait orientation in front of them, 9" x 12" size best for this exercise.
3.Starting with crayons only make a large circle or oval for the face (fill up a large part of the paper with this). Teacher talk to size here compare fist size which will be a lot smaller than the face on the paper.
4.Draw circles for eyes and put lines across the circle for expression. Add eyelash lines.
5. Draw circle nose and cheeks. Talk about size variation again. Placement influences on epxression.
6. Place a mouth under the nose make it smile or frown on the face of the clown.
7. Draw wiggle lines down from the head for hair.
8.Draw a line across the top of the head then place a half cirle on top for a little hat.
9.Color in some of the shapes with lots of dark cayon fairly quickly with boldness.
10.Switch to markers (put crayons away) Use the markers to add colour to the face outside the crayoned features but color one side of the face a warm color and the other a cool color.
11.Use markers to color the hair as well as areas around the face.
Now put the markers down.
12. Use a brush dipped in water, wash areas of the face. Start with a little water and get them to note not too much to make a puddle! (keep an eye that they do not overwork the surface).The marker colors will bleed and run together and the crayon will push the water and marker away if it is thick wax area.

Remove the markers, brushes etc so that only the clown faces are in front of the children.

LETS TAlK......
Words used:
crayon,wax,brush,water,circle, size, shape, expressive, happy, grumpy or funny etc.
Resist (why wax and water to not mix).
Media (the material used).
Bold, lively, fill up the space.
Cartoon face.

How did the students handle the shape size paper relationship (really developmental age/stage thing). Get them to turn the paper over if the first shape is too small.
Where they expressive with the materials or too timid. Encourage them to try different levels of pressure and layers.
How did they work individually and together at their tables.
Did the lesson flow and conclude and clean up in the alloted time.
Did the children communicate the above works, techinques in their discussion of the picture later.
Did the children see and comment on the difference between the wax and marker.

Either in their home room or in the art room put up all the faces to compare and contrast the variations in the faces. It will look fantastic.