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2nd Grade – Laurel Burch Patterned Cats

2nd Grade – Laurel Burch Patterned Cats

This lesson makes me so happy… I LOVE teaching it. This is a creative confidence grower! We look at Laurel Burch’s Patterned cats.  Here a couple favorites of mine…

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We start by discussing Laurel Burch’s COLORS and PATTERNS on her cats.  Lots of WARM & COOL COLORS.  She likes to use the color families or ANALOGOUS COLORS. To set the scale of the project, I have my students trace a 6″ circle with pencil for the head.  Then I guide the drawing of the body, we paint over the pencil drawing with black tempera paint.  Once the body is complete, students are give freedom to decorate directly with DECORATIVE LINE PATTERNS they favor.

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The second week, we discuss her use of color.  She tends to keep color families together.  We practice some blending of colors and then go for it!  The results are always very colorful!

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I have done this lesson a few times.  Depending on my mood, we finish it differently.  We often cut out the cat and glue him to a black paper for some contrast.  Then choose a color for a border. If there is time, we might decorate the border with more decorative line.

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