Lesson 2: Using shapes and lines
This lesson introduces learners to the line and shape tools and revisits the fill and undo tools used for digital painting. Learners create their own digital painting in the style of an artist.
To use the shape tool and the line tool
I can make marks with the square and line tools
I can use the shape and line tools effectively
I can use the shape and line tools to recreate the work of an artist
Piet Mondrian, primary colours, shape tools, line tool, fill tool, undo tool
You will need to be familiar with the style of Piet Mondrian (or another appropriate artist); primary colours; and the line, shape, fill, and undo tools in the digital painting program you’ve chosen to use in this unit.
You will need:
A painting program (online or offline)
Self-assessment sheet (ncce.io/cm1p-2-ap-a) needs to be printed
An image in the style of Piet Mondrian (ncce.io/cm1p-2-a1-r) could be printed
Activity 2 – Challenge (ncce.io/cm1p-2-a2-h) could be printed
Introduction: Provides an opportunity to examine learners’ prior knowledge and to determine their awareness of the tools used for digital painting
Activity 1: Provides an opportunity to assess whether learners understand which tools would be appropriate for use in today’s lesson
Activity 2: Allows learners the opportunity to use the tools you have modelled to create their own digital painting
Plenary: Allows learners an opportunity to self-assess their own painting
Please note that the slide deck labels the activities in the top right-hand corner to help you navigate the lesson.
*Timings are rough guides
Tell the learners that during this unit they are going to be learning how to use the shape and line tools to recreate the work of an artist.
Share the learning objectives with the learners. Discuss the keywords that they will be using in this unit of work.
Show the learners the painting by Piet Mondrian and tell them that he was an artist who was born in 1872 and died in 1944 at the age of 71. Tell the learners that he created abstract art, meaning art that has no subject and is made up of shapes, lines, and colours.
The learners will investigate what shapes and colours they can see in the painting by Piet Mondrian and discuss how they think the picture has been made. (You may wish to display further images around the room or print of examples for individual learners — see the lesson resources)
Discuss that to create a Mondrian-style picture in a painting program, an initial square is drawn and then divided into smaller shapes using straight lines.
Encourage the learners to think about which tools would be best to recreate the painting shown. Ask learners about how useful the tools shown on slide 6 would be:
Ask the learners what other tools they will need (square and line tools).
Discuss that in this painting, Mondrian used primary colours: red, yellow, and blue. Primary colours cannot be made from mixing colours together, but they can be mixed together to make other colours.
Activity 2[Text Wrapping Break](Slides 9–10)
Share the steps to success (slide 9) with the learners.
Allow the learners time to create their own digital paintings.
Scaffolding opportunity: Some learners may wish to use the self-assessment sheet as a guide to support them while they make their own digital paintings.
Some learners may need support with saving their image. Allow time to recap saving with the group at an appropriate time during the lesson.
Explorer task: Some learners may also complete the challenge (see resources): Can you make a picture in the style of Mondrian starting with a different shape? Distribute the challenge sheets when learners have completed their initial activity.
Learners share their work with each other or the whole group.
Review the steps to success and model the use of the self-assessment sheet provided.
Allow learners time to assess their own digital paintings.
Review the success criteria for the lesson with the learners.
Review the ‘this lesson’ and ‘next time’ slides.