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6th grade--I had students make cups or mugs with an animal theme. We
quickly rolled slabs around soup or vegetable cans that the students
brought from home. I had them bring empty ones but, this could be done
during a food drive. We attached bottoms and then they had to alter the
shape and create a handle so that they mug had a definite animal theme.
8th grade--Ceramic containers based on the story of Pandora's box. They
could symbolize the box before she opened it or after as the evils were
leaving and hope remained behind.
Art 1 High School--Found object mobiles (or stabiles) as a lesson in
balance, movement, and unity. They had to create a unified sculpture not a
bunch of hanging junk.
Upper elementary--Matisse style cut-outs as a group project on the bulletin
Upper elementary--Write and illustrate a haiku poem using ink.
Middle school--Paper batik using construction paper, acrylic paint, chalk
and non-waterproof black ink. Draw the image with chalk on construction
paper. Paint between the chalk lines with thickly applied acrylic. Coat
the entire image with ink or black tempera paint. After it dries, wash off
the black. It should stain the paper but show the painted areas. Very
pretty with flowers.
The levels indicated are the ones at which I taught the lesson but I'm sure
they would work at other levels as well.
Hopefully, these will inspire someone. They were fun for me and the