Colorful Characters Project Tutorial
Character Color & Line Activity:
What you will need for this Colorful Characters Project:
- corrugated cardboard- torn for an artistic backing
- multimedia art paper or cardstock cut into various wide strips (neutral color)
- tissue paper in selected color harmony
- black art ink pens or a felt tip black pen
- paintbrush and water
- watercolor or colored ink
- Color Harmonies Mini Workbook ( Subscri
* I found this art idea in the wonderfully resourceful book: The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas . It could easily be used for a year+ of curriculum for art!
Vocabulary for this lesson are: Color Wheel • Color Harmonies • Monochromatic • Analogous • Triadic • Complementary color harmonies • Line drawings and line as an element of art
1. First use my Color Harmonies Mini Workbook (subscriber freebie) to teach about color harmonies. Then have your child select a color harmony to be used for their character’s color palate.
2. Begin by selecting the cardboard piece for your backing and then choose the right size strip of cardstock. Glue your cardstock on the cardboard backing. We glued ours off to one side to make most use of the torn cardboard style.
3. Once your child has decided on the color harmony to be used for their project it’s time to make a character line drawing. Let them practice a few first. Later by adding color, they will tie in the color harmony of their choice. You may want to take a look at some of the wonderful use of line in the book before beginning. Or you can point them out during your reading time. How does the illustrator make great use of line for the trees, characters, and other details? Add details using line to your character’s hair and clothing accents to make your characters interesting and of a line drawing style.
4. Using one of the darker colors in your color harmony choice to add shading to one side of your character using ink or watercolor- (see left).
5. Beginning with the lightest color, tear clothing pieces out of the tissue paper. Add accents with darker colors. Then arrange them for previewing the outcome. If you like what you see, glue them down. I used regular white school glue and a paintbrush with a little bit of water.
You can use this lesson with a story activity or other language lesson like I did in this Grandpa Green Story Activity. Some fun stories or characters that are line drawings are the Peanuts, Giving Tree, Olivia, and many more. My class truly enjoyed the lesson and had fun making their own characters.