INSPIRED BY JIM DINE – Cultural Symbolism, Contrast, Colour

Students use Jim Dine's heart paintings as inspiration for their own creation of a set of 4 small paintings of a Canadian cultural symbol.

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INSPIRED BY JIM DINE – Cultural Symbolism, Contrast, Colour


  • Crayola Tempera Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Paper Towels
  • Water Containers
  • Plastic Lids for Palettes
  • White Foam Core Board - 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm (5" x 5") - 4 per student
  • Pencils
  • Planning Paper 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm (5" x 5")


Step 1
  1. Draw your shape on a piece of paper the same size as the foam core board.
  2. Make sure it fills most of the space.
  3. Cut out the shape and use it as a tracer to draw the same shape on all 4 pieces of foam core board.
Step 2
  1. View Jim Dine's paintings and explore ways to use the paint in a similar way, but use your own ideas too.
  2. Remember that all 4 paintings will be placed beside each other when displayed.
Step 3
  1. Notice how Jim Dine uses strong contrasting shapes and lines to make his shapes stand out.
  2. Decide how you will use contrast to make your shapes stand out.
Step 4
  1. Explore ways of using your cutout shape as a stencil to make shadows.
  2. Try different ideas on each painting.
  3. From time to time look at some of Jim Dine's paintings to get fresh ideas.
Step 5
  1. When all the paintings are complete arrange them in different ways.
  2. Glue all 4 paintings to a piece of Bristol board.
  3. Reflect on how your paintings make you feel about being Canadian.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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