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RE: [teacherartexchange] Overview of Art Lessons


From: familyerickson (familyerickson_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jul 02 2005 - 06:15:39 PDT

Hi Everyone:
I was brainstorming this morning about creating elementary lesson plans and
started this list---it is just for fun---this is just a brainstorming list
so please don't pick it apart but can some of you add to it?

How to generate a lesson plan from thin air:
Pick a favorite children's literature book and design a lesson around it
(Eric Carle etc.)
Plan a lesson around a famous artist (Van, Gogh, Monet...)
Pick a culture and develop a lesson plan by studying their specific style of
artwork (Australian aboriginal.....)
Brainstorm a list of themes that children enjoy (swimming, circus, pets)
Combine 2 seemingly unconnected objects (apple and a Frisbee)
Teach a concept (abstraction etc.)
Paint to music (Mozart, Raffi, Blue-grass, Jazz)
Give each child a found object and have them design around it (juice can
lids are fun)
make a list of fun still-lifes for elementary and plan one (toy still life,
fruit, flowers, sports equipment)
think of an idea that your kids have trouble with and figure out a lesson
plan to teach it (overlapping or drawing ellipses)
bring in a pile of interesting junk and just let kids draw (shells,
necklaces, small baskets)
Figure out a correlation idea with math or social studies or???
Find a fun elementary "crafty" idea and stretch yourself to figure out how
to make it broader and more creative-turn craft into fine art
Start with the cheapest material you can think of and design a lesson around
it (toilet paper rolls)
Think of something you have never done and design a "trial" lesson
(puppetry or ??)
Seasonal (fall leaves or spring animals and babies or....)

Now think about what media to use:
pencil, colored pencil, markers, oil or chalk pastels, tempera, watercolor,
printmaking, collage, cut-paper, torn-paper, wood/wire/clay/soft sculpture,
clay pottery or sculpture
crayon or crayon resist,

Now add in technique you want them to master:
learning to draw, learning to cut, learning to glue, neatness, perspective,
overlapping, composition, shading, shadows, patterning
Now how about: expressiveness, freedom of expression, self-awareness,

Now incorporate information or teaching about the elements of art and the
principles of design:
line, color, value, texture, shape, form, space
balance, rhythm and movement, proportion, variety and emphasis, harmony and

Voila!! Now you have so many lesson plans the problem is you have to
decide which ones to do!!

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