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Weather or Not...

Make a weather mood collage using colorful papers you create yourself using cool new mixed media techniques and your favorite Crayola® supplies.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Look at different weather conditions in your own environment, and in books, photographs, and videos. What do you notice about the appearance of the sun in each kind of weather? How do the clouds change? How does the wind play a role in how weather feels? What forms does water come in for different kinds of weather?
    2. Discover how artists depict weather. Some to study include: Charles Burchfield's September Wind and Rain, Katsushika Hokusai's A Shower Below the Summit, Francisco de Goya's Spring (or The Flower Girls), Louisa Chase's Cloudburst, and Maurice Prendergast's Sunset and Sea Fog. How do artists use art materials and techniques to show weather moods? How does weather affect your mood?
    3. Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. On watercolor paper, make a variety of papers to use for a Weather or Not collage. Try several of the media and techniques described here. Watercolor: Paint with Crayola® Watercolors and paint brushes on dry paper. For a dry brush effect, remove most of the color from the brush and then brush energetically to produce hairy or scratchy-looking lines. Crayon resist: Color heavily with Crayola Crayons. Paint over the crayon with watercolor. Textured paper: Scratch the paper surface with the end of an open paper clip to create texture. Or crumple the paper and flatten. Paint with watercolor. Wet paper: Wet the paper with clean water. Paint or dot with wet watercolor. Sprinkle salt into the paint if desired. Brush away the salt when it dries. Tints: Draw with Crayola Washable Markers. Color with crayon. Brush with clean water to produce tints.
    4. Press wet papers between the pages of a recycled telephone book. Dry thoroughly.
    5. Choose one painted paper for the background. Cut with Crayola Scissors and tear pieces of other papers to make shapes for clouds and various weather elements.
    6. Create more shapes for terrain, vegetation, buildings, and inhabitants which appear in the middle ground and foreground.
    7. Glue the shapes to the background paper with Crayola School Glue.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    SCI: Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Generalize about the effects of visual structures and functions and reflect upon these effects in artwork.

    VA: Integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in artwork.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Weather by Seymour Simon; DK Eyewitness Books: Weather by Brian Cosgrove; How the Weather Works: A Hands-on Guide to Our Changing Climate (Explore the Earth) by Christiane Dorion

    Students work in small groups to keep journals documenting local weather. Students sketch cloud formations on different days and research the names of various cloud formations. Use Crayola Markers and colored pencils to create a poster illustrating different cloud formations.

    Students work individually or in teams of two composing a poem to accompany their Weather or Not collages. Display poems with collages.

    Students investigate alternate ways to use water colored papers, such as covers for textbooks, cut into strips for weaving, creating collages and/or self-portraits, etc.


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