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Lesson Plans


question about the never ending list of...

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Diane L. (mselle)
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 20:41:36 -0500


When I went to grad school the professor emphasized that once we entered
the art room and closed the door, the room was ours, meaning the lesson
agenda, and what was selected from the vast curriculum was up to us. This
is bottom line policy for our state. Of course there are in-school
political considerations, etc. However, maintaining the poise and stature
of a professional, (which can be difficult when others, who think of art as
secondary to everything else, display an intimidating atitude,) can help
you chart out a space for yourself. As for trying to cover all bases, you
don't always have to do everything. However, if you want to take an
approach that will help you along, set up a lesson plan in the following
manner:

Art history: to cover this area, introduce lesson with a visual pertaining
to art history, example, if you are making bees with k, don't show a bumble
bee from a kiddie picture book. Find a famous painting with a bee in it
and show this. Ask why they think the artist included the bee. If
necessary, tell the students something about the importance of the bee in
relation to the painting. Be brief.

Elements of art: to cover this area, explain how the use of shape enabled
the artist to depict the bee

Interdisciplinary: to cover this area, mention that you understand that
the class is studying insects with their regular teacher, and that the bees
they are going to create will enable them to have fun with what they learned.

Demonstrate the project. Have materials ready. Before handing out
supplies, ask if anyone can remember the name of the artist who painted the
picture with the bee in it. Ask whole class to repeat the name of the
artist. Let them begin project.

Display work with sign explaining what you did:

The class looked at a painting by,________ and discovered a bee similar to
the bees studied last week.Using the elements of shape and color the
students created bees of their own, proving that art and science can make
learning fun! Good luck!, Diane L.