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Step back in time to create your own modern version of Americana! Use your knowledge about types of lines, too.
Investigate examples of traditional American Folk Art, especially pictures and the history of weathervanes and whirligigs. Whirligigs were created primarily for amusement, but weathervanes were placed on top of most buildings in the late 1880s to show wind direction. That information helped farmers decide what to do on a particular day. Symbols such as roosters and horses are often found on weathervanes. Find the stories behind these symbols.
Draw your weathervane on Crayola Color Explosion™ paper with the color-reveal markers. Outline your symbol and wind-direction arrows on the top half of the paper. The base of the weathervane goes below it, and contains the four wind-direction letters. Let your drawing dry before continuing.
To decorate your design, try different value techniques that are especially striking with Color Explosion. Stipple for example is when an artist creates lots of separate little dots. You can change the effects of stippling by changing the size of the dots (press harder or lighter with the marker) and by spacing the dots close together or far apart. Experiment!
Another neat design technique is called crosshatch. Draw parallel straight lines. Make diagonal lines going across. Draw some close together and others farther apart. You can also make different values by adding parallel lines that are perpendicular to these lines (overlapping them). Try different effects.
Compare your American Folk Art with traditional examples. Display your art and explain what your symbol means.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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