Fifth graders discuss global issues such as global warming, homelessness, and disease. They then imagine themselves as a global superhero to help solve one of these issues.
We review human proportion from fourth grade, but talk about how proportion can be altered in superheroes.
They fill out a "Superhero Identity Card" front and back that asks them details such as what their powers are, what their origin story is, and of course their superhero name!
When they are done planning out their hero, they can sketch their hero in action. The clues such as the background need to tell us what the global superhero does to help the world. No weapons or violence are allowed. I also review how to show the illusion of space/depth and ask them to use these techniques for the background.
I introduce Roy Lichtenstein and point out that he used only primary colors, white, and black in his work. In the prezi, I zoom into parts of his work showing that he makes our eyes mix colors; he makes skin look peach using red dots on white background, while he makes pink by using white dots on a red background! I tell students that this is how printers work- they don't just print images; they print and layer dots to create new colors! After all, most printers only use 4 colors of ink!
When students are finished with their sketches and have them approved by the teacher, they can move on to drawing their hero in action on 12x18" white paper. Pencil first, then outline in Sharpie, and lastly erase the pencil lines. Students are using primary colors and black in their work just like Lichtenstein. I teach 3 ways to create dots: