Day One, First 5 Minutes: Show students the video clip from “The Hobbit” where Gandalf talks of everyday acts of kindness. Explain that this is an art project to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but also to focus on reflective writing and qualities of character.
Show examples of a finished product and the Google Doc presentation. Demonstrate how the hands are traced on the drawing paper and details are added with both watercolor paints and markers. Show how the masking tape is applied to the background in lengths to accommodate the text to be written in later. Demonstrate how the watercolor washes are applied over the masking tape and how to carefully remove the masking tape from the watercolor paper during the second class. Show examples and demonstrate the patterns that the specialty scissors can create.
Two 45 minute studio sessions.
Day One: students create a pencil drawing of the back of their hands with the fingers spread slightly apart, by tracing around the outside. Students notice and draw specific details (knuckles, veins, etc.) which make their hands unique to them. Each student outlines with a black sharpie and paints their skin color using watercolors. Also on Day One, students will start to paint their watercolor paper background by first applying masking tape strips, and then washing over the masking tape with bright colors. Oil pastels can also be used and painted over to create more patterns.
Day Two: Students are asked to think about their everyday acts of kindness that their hands provide. Examples could be taking out the garbage, helping with dinner, writing a thank you note or drawing a picture for a loved one. Their job today is to reflect and write down their thoughts on either the white, bright color, or patterned scrapbook paper provided. Students will cut out their watercolor hands and paste them creating a heart shape between the index fingers and the thumbs. Students must also use their design skills to create a pleasing and readable composition. Students have the remainder of the class time to create their “My Hands are my Heart When…” collage.
Closing Routine, Clean-Up, Sharing and Informal Assessment