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Lesson Plans


Art Projects

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Larry Cox (l_j_cox)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 12:21:29 -0700


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Here is a list of Art Projects for elementary aged children:

1. Create a Rain Forest Environment by twisting brown butcher paper into =
tree trunks and branches (usually in a corner); make large leaves and =
flowers to hang from the branches; makes Rainforest animals, birds, =
reptiles and insects to add to the tree. This can spread around the =
room as far as you have room. =20
2. For Chinese New Year: Dragon drawing; Tiger, if year of tiger, =
etc......Using watered-down black tempera (instead of ink) paint large =
Chinese letters (samples on board) - giving several choices.
3. To teach perspective, draw overlapping landscape then paint in =
watercolor.
4. At Halloween, I do a Native American unit that includes making a =
choice of four Native American masks using tagboard, colored paper, =
markers, sequins, yarn, beads and feathers...they get a lot of choice as =
how to finish their own mask. (Often some of the children are too poor =
to afford Halloween costumes and this helps to fill the gap. I ask for =
donations to display in the hall of the masks and the other artwork we =
have done (drawings of birds, animals, fish and Native Americans =
primarily), one from each student...that way if they want to keep their =
mask, they can. =20
5. At Halloween, I also draw a bat and a witch with the students. =
(Art, not "cute." I don't do "cute.") =20
6. Still life =3D set up some plants where all can see.
7. At Christmas, as at all Holidays, I try to be very neutral. Santa =
Claus is Father Christmas, a sorcerer, a wizard, etc......I do a =
Reindeer (or a deer), an angel, a cardinal, a nutcracker and a =
ballerina. Nothing "cute." Or controversial. The children Love It! =
And again, some are poor and this is the only gift that they will have =
to give.
8. For the Fourth of July: Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty, Rockets =3D =
Space drawings, Eagle in front of flag.
9. When introducing watercolor, I pick easy subjects: Cactus in a =
desert landscape, Angelfish, Whale, Flowers (tulip, pansy, sunflower).
These are just a few of lessons that have worked for me. It's meant to =
help some of you, not start a controversy. Linda

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Here is a list of Art = Projects=20 for elementary aged children:
 
1. Create a Rain Forest Environment by = twisting brown=20 butcher paper into tree trunks and branches (usually in a corner); make = large=20 leaves and flowers to hang from the branches; makes Rainforest animals, = birds,=20 reptiles and insects to add to the tree.  This can spread around = the room=20 as far as you have room. 
2. For Chinese New Year:  Dragon = drawing; =20 Tiger, if year of tiger, etc......Using watered-down black tempera = (instead of=20 ink) paint large Chinese letters (samples on board) - giving several=20 choices.
3. To teach perspective, draw overlapping = landscape=20 then paint in watercolor.
4. At Halloween, I do a Native American unit = that=20 includes making a choice of four Native American masks using tagboard, = colored=20 paper, markers, sequins, yarn, beads and feathers...they get a lot of = choice as=20 how to finish their own mask.  (Often some of the children are too = poor to=20 afford Halloween costumes and this helps to fill the gap.  I ask = for=20 donations to display in the hall of the masks and the other artwork we = have done=20 (drawings of birds, animals, fish and Native Americans primarily), one = from each=20 student...that way if they want to keep their mask, they can. =20
5.  At Halloween, I also draw a bat and = a witch=20 with the students.  (Art, not "cute."  I don't do=20 "cute.") 
6.  Still life =3D set up some plants = where all can=20 see.
7.  At Christmas, as at all Holidays, I = try to be=20 very neutral.  Santa Claus is Father Christmas, a sorcerer, a = wizard,=20 etc......I do a Reindeer (or a deer), an angel, a cardinal, a nutcracker = and a=20 ballerina.  Nothing "cute."  Or controversial.  = The=20 children Love It!  And again, some are poor and this is the only = gift that=20 they will have to give.
8. For the Fourth of July: Uncle Sam, = Statue of=20 Liberty, Rockets =3D Space drawings, Eagle in front of flag.
9. When introducing watercolor, I pick easy subjects:  Cactus = in a=20 desert landscape, Angelfish, Whale, Flowers (tulip, pansy, = sunflower).
  These are just a few of lessons that = have worked=20 for me. It's meant to help some of you, not start a controversy. =20 Linda
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