FREE: Father’s Day Card
Create this Father’s Day card for Dad and have fun practising your doodling techniques.
Easy Peasy Level:
This lesson creates an eye catching card for Father’s Day and also helps develop skills in using the elements and principles of art. When creating the patterns and doodles, students use the elements and principles and make decisions based on the use of line, shape, texture, pattern, contrast and balance.
This lesson also provides the option of adding colours of your choice to the completed card or creating the patterns using a colour other than black.
You will need:
- A copy of our template (1/2 A4 size.) If you are feeling creative, you could write “Dad” in your own way on 1/2 sheet of A4 paper.
- A4 coloured sheet of card or paper.
- Thin black marker or felt tipped pen. (You can use a variety of sizes if you have them.)
- Scissors and glue stick.
Easy Peasy Tips:
- Creating doodles and pattern artworks is loads of fun and very relaxing. If you run out of ideas for patterns, try searching online for inspiration.
- If you are using a permanent marker, make sure you put a piece of newspaper underneath to protect your table as it may soak through the paper.
For The Teacher:
- Copy the template provided of our other doodling lessons to give the students ideas for patterns. Alternatively, you could display it on your classroom’s interactive screen if you have one.
- When introducing the lesson, discuss with students how this lesson is all about opposites – thin & thick lines, curved & straight lines, light and dark patterns etc. In art we call this contrast. Students need to know that they should do very different patterns next to each other to make each section stand out.
- Another concept to introduce is BALANCE. If the students create a darker pattern on one side they should BALANCE it with another on the opposite side. This will look more appealing.
Creating Your Artwork:
- Print out a copy of our templates to begin your card.
- Using your marker, write two words in opposite corners to describe your Dad. Write them neatly and add decoration to the words to make them look fancy. In the other 2 corners, draw small, simple pictures of things your Dad enjoys.
- Around the words and pictures, draw fluffy clouds as shown. This is so they stand out from the patterns you will draw.
- Break up the card into sections by drawing lines as shown. You could draw curved lines or zig-zag lines, it’s up to you!
- Now draw more lines as shown to break the first sections up into smaller ones. Don’t go too crazy though, or your card will look too busy!
- Now begin filling in each of the sections using patterns. Concentrate on being as neat as possible. Make sure all of your lines and shapes join up neatly with no overlap or gaps. Think of it as being like a handwriting activity!
- Continue adding more patterns. You should always be thinking about opposites. Use thick & thin lines, lighter and darker patterns, straight & curved lines. Try and use opposites next to each other to make them stand out. Add lots of detail to some patterns and keep others simple. Try to BALANCE your patterns. If you create one type of pattern on one side you should BALANCE it with a similar one on the opposite side. This will look more appealing.
- Keep adding patterns until all of the sections are complete.
- Using scissors, cut out your artwork neatly, leaving a thin white border around the edge. Then fold your coloured card in half and glue the artwork to the front.
What do you like about your artwork? What would you do differently next time?
If you enjoyed this lesson, why not try out our other pattern based lessons.