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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need assistance structuring lesson plans k-4th.


From: Gayle Parent (gayleparent_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 23 2008 - 21:06:50 PDT

What a fun after school class you are offering. Good for you!

I think you should start online or at the library to find various art
lesson plans. People on this site could easily recommend materials
to try, or favorite web sites for art lesson plans. I'm pretty new
at all this, so I'm not the best resource. I don't have a favorite
website yet.

For the little kids I find that one of the best ways to guide them is
to show them a technique first, then read them a story, and do your
art lesson based on the story. For children ages 4-6, what you read
in the books is very real to them, so keep that in mind. Your local
librarian can recommend books, or you can choose favorites from your
children's books.

Favorite lessons that I have for my kindergartners include making
paper bag puppets, then interacting with them. They can be people
puppets, or animal puppets, and the kids LOVE them. The materials
can be very simple. They may get very excited, active and noisy
while they are using the puppets.

They also love pipe cleaners. One or two pipe cleaners and
instructions to "see what you can make" will give them a lot of fun.

With clay I have them make texture tiles (little lesson on texture
1st) by pressing various items into the clay. They find it
fascinating. With either group, a large sheet of paper, some naked
crayons (hysterically funny word), and the kids can go around putting
the paper on things, coloring over the textures to see what appears
on the paper. They LOVE that, and can make some pretty cool art by
doing that.

The list is endless, have fun!

On Mar 23, 2008, at 8:26 PM, Arpi Krikorian wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I'm very excited about finding this exchange!I have always wanted
> to be an
> art teacher for kids. I have a BFA in Illustration and have worked
> as a
> professional artist for several years. My daughter's friends have
> always
> asked me to teach them how to draw and paint so I took a leap of
> faith. Two
> weeks ago I started an after school art program.I have 2 age
> groups: 4-6 and
> 7-10 for 1 hour and 15 minutes once a week each. Marvin Geshen and
> his site
> have been invaluable. I would appreciate any additional feedback of
> lesson
> plans for this age range. I have started teaching both groups about
> "line."
> However I'm having difficulty keeping the younger group focused. I
> don't
> feel they are being engaged in the lesson. They are excited to
> learn and I
> make it interactive but they zip through the day's project in
> minutes and
> become distracted. I need to figure out how to keep them interested
> for at
> least a full hour. I would appreciate any suggestions for different
> lesson
> plans and sequence of themes to introduce so that I can devise a clear
> guideline for at least a few month's worth of lessons.
> Thank you very much for your willingness to share your experience and
> insight!
> Arpi Krikorian
> Harlequin Art School
> Sierra Madre, CA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: maki-KAWA []
> Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2008 6:10 AM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] watercolor lesson plan for
> 3rd-5th graders
> Greetings Art Educators,
> I have watercolor lesson plan for 3rd-6th graders.
> Thanks for the reminder.
> Art Teacher
> Shinozaki Elementary School Art Museum
> Art Lessons and Ideas for Teachers
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "River Phoenix" <>
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> <>
> Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2008 11:17 AM
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] watercolor lesson plan for 3rd-5th
> graders
>> I teach art for an upper elementary school. Do you
>> have any suggestions for a watercolor lesson plan for
>> 3rd-5th graders. I have one hour with each classroom,
>> 450 students total. I just subscribed, sorry if this
>> is a re-post.
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