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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. Β Here a couple favorites of mine…

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We start by discussing Laurel Burch’s COLORS and PATTERNS on her cats. Β Lots of WARM & COOL COLORS. Β 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. Β Then I guide the drawing of the body, we paint over the pencil drawing with black tempera paint.Β Β OnceΒ 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. Β She tends to keep color families together. Β We practice some blending of colors and then go for it! Β The results are always very colorful!

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

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