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Lion in Warm or Cool Colors


An artist sees differently than the rest of the world.

The Lion in Warm or Cool colors.

Step One:  Students began with basic shapes and then step by step draw the lion in all of its glory.

Step Two: The students then graphed over the picture of the lion in half inch squares.

Step Three: The students then received a larger piece of paper and created one inch squares on it. They then drew the lion according to the design of the drawing into a larger form on the one inch square paper.

Step Four: After drawing the lion the students then choose to color the negative space (the squares around the lion) in warm (red, orange, yellow) colors or cool (blue, purple, green) colors.

Step Five: Rules of the game…..

  • the color squares cannot be in any patterns
  • colors cannot touch if they were the same hue
  • the same hue colors cannot touch diagonally
  • No patterns of any kind
  • Use colored pencil or crayons (no pens)
  • No black, brown, white, gray, non-colored squares

Side Notes

  • Some of the artists decided that a pattern was too important for their masterpiece and against all costs to grades they presented their work accordingly.
  • Others took the challenge to only fail by a few oversites.
  • A select few found the keys to the puzzle and created a correct project.

Taking apart color theory and enlarging a drawing were the goals with this assignment. Through the eyes of beginning students and through the skills that each student possesses currently each lion came out with their own personalities.

The finished projects fell into several different categories:

  • Style Lyons
  • Abstract Lions
  • Character Lions
  • Mutt Lions
  • Group Lions
  • Long Lions
  • Regular Lions

And then the Top Lion.

The lions included in the article are just a small sample of the finished works.  Which ones would you award the top lion? Let us know here at Panther Tales.

Look for the next article See Like An Artist Article 3 “Observing Hands”. Thanks for reading.

Here is an example of several of the pieces that wowed the judges.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.- Pablo Picasso