Color schemes, color values, and modeling form are part of our 5th grade curriculum and I am always looking for a fresh and fun way to teach these concepts. When I saw these crafty gems on Pinterest, I knew we had to give them a try - the kids get so excited when things look 3-D.
We began with some observational contour drawing, then the kids selected a color scheme for their gem stones. Using tempera, we mixed tints and shades and watched our jewels pop off the page as they became forms.
What to do with these in a composition? They were kind of floaty and fantasy-like on the white backgrounds, so we went with a simple landscape background for a surreal look. Surrealism shows realistic objects in an impossible setting, as in this Magritte painting, The Castle in the Pyrenees.
Students learned several skills and techniques with this lesson, and also had room for personal choices in colors, settings, and composition. They were encouraged to make personal connections through their creative choices.
We wrote artist statements to wrap up the lesson - get your copy of my artist statement format for free at Teachers pay Teachers: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mrs-Knights-Smartest-Artists