Just my two cents and what has worked for me. I often use similiar lessons
1st and 2nd grade. Right now we have been drawing horses using basic geo
and then "sculpting" them with our pencils to look like real horses. They
take their wooden robot looking horses and make their edges softer and
The first grade drew theirs, colored and then pasted onto blue construction
We then added more paper details with 3-=D effects. branches and grass bent
etc. The second grade loved a lesson on Oriental brush painting we did last
so we practiced our pandas and ducks from last year and then after practice
our horses we painted them in Sumi like brush strokes. They turned out ok
not as sucessful as last years animals.
Taking a country and dividing up the art of the country for each grade works
well as one artist like Van Gosh - I did that one year with three grades -
did it a little differently - watercolor, pastel and thickened tempera -
which I will
never do again.