A Color Of Our Own

Grade 1

Karen Stomberg and Eloise Larson, Art Specialists

This lesson is based on the illustrations in the book “A Color of His Own”, by Leo Lionni. Students each produce a cut out chameleon in Lionni’s style and two pages of painted paper. They camouflage their chameleons in the painted paper. Both can be made into a class book or a bulletin board.

Objectives and assessment criteria

Students will:

  1. observe how author/illustrator Leo Lionni made the illustrations in his book, “A Color of His Own”.
  2. consider how camouflage works and camouflage their chameleon.
  3. create art in Leo Lionni’s style.
  4. explore color mixing through painting, and
  5. discuss what a print is and make one.