Painter’s Tape Art
This lesson will allow students to practice creating art by marking off what will not be painted. This requires planning prior to mixing the first color.
Grade Level: 6 - 12th
Length of Time: 40 Minutes to 2 Hours Depending on Grade Level
Objectives & Outcomes
Students should be able to create a unique picture using painter’s tape and water color paints.
Water color paper and paints, painter’s tape
Opening to Lesson
- Explain that sometimes a painting is special for what is not painted.
- It is the negative space that truly tells a story or showcases the design.
- Explain to students that they will be creating a painting with tape first, then with actual paint.
Body of Lesson
- Have students use painters tape to create a design on water color paper or canvas (if available).
- Students can choose any design, but make sure some detail is present.
- After the tape has been placed firmly on the paper, allow students to paint around the tape.
- Have students be creative, mixing colors and creating an interesting array of colors.
- Allow paint to dry completely before carefully removing all tape, leaving the design.
- Add small shading or details to the design if desired.
- Have students display art pieces and explain how what was not painted became the focal point.
Assessment & Evaluation
The students will create a unique picture using water color paints and painter’s tape. The picture will be neat and well put together.
Modification & Differentiation
Special needs students may be given extended time or help with tape placement.
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