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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Laurel Burch Cool or Warm Cats and exploration in Line and Pattern

Miss Oetken's cool and warm Laurel Burch cats

2nd graders are exploring a new artist, Laurel Burch. She is famous for her bright colored and patterned cats. You can find just about anything with Laurel Burch on from bags, to socks, mugs, to earrings! Not only did we learn about her signature look of cats, but we also learned about the cool and warm color families. Cool colors remind you of water and ice (blues, greens, purples) and warm colors remind you of fire or heat (reds, pinks, yellows, oranges).

 Students were asked to pick a color family (cool or warm). Then use a head tracer and trace around with a white construction paper crayon. Then draw two lines for the body and a curly tail. I told students to raise their hand when they had these steps done. Then I walked through the steps of making the signature Laurel Burch cat face.

After the white outline, then students can use metallic crayons and construction paper crayons to fill in the cat with different types of line and pattern. The Crayola metallic and construction paper colored crayons look amazing on the black paper when colored in completely and the students loved the effect!

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