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Crayon Rubbing Art Project Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #:AELP-ARA0004
Submitted by: Jody L. FitzSimmons
Endorsed by: Don Descy
Mankato State University Date: October 30, 1996

Grade Level(s): 1, 2


  • Arts/Visual Arts

Description : This lesson is a fun art activity to do with students who are learning about primary and secondary colors. It also introduces the students to the difference between soft and hard edges. It is an inexpensive activity to do, due to the few materials required.

Goal: To understand the primary and secondary colors.


  • The student will be able to list the primary colors and to use these colors to create the secondary colors.
  • The student will be able to produce both soft and hard edges and be able to point out each of them in their finished project.
  • The student will be able to produce various sizes of a geometric shape by both tearing the shape and cutting the shape.
  • Background Information: This is a very good art activity that reinforces to the students not only what the primary colors are, but how when mixed together they produce the secondary colors. The three primary colors are red, yellow and blue. Red and yellow produce the secondary color orange. When red and blue mix, the secondary color purple is made and when yellow and blue are mixed, green is made.

    A hard edge is produced when the paper is cut with a scissors. The soft edge is produced when the paper is torn. Have them create a basic geometric shape, a triangle, circle or square.


  • primary and secondary colors
  • geometric shapes
  • hard and soft edges
  • Materials:

    3 (9×12) sheets of construction paper per child
    red, blue, and yellow crayons


  • Tell the students to chose a geometric shape that they want to use. (triangle, circle or square)
  • Have them use half of one of their sheets of white construction paper to cut out various sizes of the shape they chose.
  • Then have them use the other half to tear out various sizes of their shape.
  • Arrange the shapes on a sheet of 9×12 paper, be sure to overlap some of them.
  • Lay the last sheet of white construction paper over the top of the shapes.
  • Have the students get three crayons, one of each of the primary colors.
  • Break each crayon in half and peel off the paper.
  • Using the side of the crayon, rub over parts of the sheet of paper making sure to hold the paper in place.
  • Use each of the three colors in various areas, overlapping them to create the secondary colors.
  • All of the primary and secondary colors should be present.
  • The outline of the shapes underneath will be seen, and the difference between the cut and the torn shapes will be visible.
  • Assessment:

  • Have them list the three primary colors.
  • Ask them what two colors it take to make each of the secondary colors.
  • Have them point out on their project where a torn shape was located. Where a cut shape was located.
  • Have them list the geometric shapes they used.
  • Useful Internet Resources:
    Crayola Crayons