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Lesson Plans

Re: Lesson Plans-Cheap/long

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Nancy B Knutsen (art.k5)
Wed, 02 Oct 1996 23:04:52 EDT

I really feel I brought my program up from brown bags and donated yarn to
the same thing plus acrylics, a canvas board, portfolios, etc. And this
is elementary. Some tips that I believed helped me achieve the latter.

1. Take everything from everybody (throw it away later, but take it all,
always). Poeple love to feel they ccan help. If they know you'll take it,
they 'll bring the good and the not so good. This is true of parents and
2. Send notes home asking for old house paint, fabric, baggie
twisties,styro anything, brown bags, company "waste"---cut-offs, ends of
ribbons, yarn scraps, anything they may have an excess of an you could
possibly use.
3. Companies can have excesses etc.
4. Promote your program. let everyone know how you and your students can
really make ART out of such things. The beauty of a brown bag crumpled
over and over again until it is softened and aged with a soft a delicate
chalk drawing by a 1st or 2nd grader's cat. TP rolls gllued together wtih
platueau's of scrap mat board and painted with such detailed patterns
that noone would know how or what they were made of.
5. Let everyone (adminisrators) know that you are not wasteful, you are
aware of hte expense of art supplies.
6. Shop well. Build items up. In most catalogs the cost goes down when
you buy in larger quanitys.
7. Use a FREEBIE when you can and stock-up on the good stuff for a few
years then show them what they are missing. The children will go home so
excited to tell parents that they used a printing brayer just like a real
artist. It will really catch on.
8. Find out how ordering works in your district. You maybe purchasing
items that you can have the librarian order, or the principal.


I teach foreground, middlegraound, background by giving my 4th graders
three sheets of brown paper bag paper each cut the same size except 1"
short on the width of the second paper and 2" shorter on the third paper
( 1st paper approx. 12"x18")

We look at prints illustrating FG,MG,BG we discuss landscape,
horizonline, point of view. Homework the class before was to fill out a
landscape sheet, i.e. What country is it? what type of land? (desert,
wetland, jungle,etc) What time of day? What season? what is the weather
They then begin with the background and draw and color a landscape. The
second sheet (middle ground) they draw and color but there needs to be
something in the landscape--- trees, bushes, pond, road etc. they then
cut the center of this page out----leaving a "picture frame" edge all
around and the Trees(or whatever thing they drew). The same is done for
the third paper only the "thing(s)" that the student draws is now in the
foreground. You do need to remind students of the principles of
perspective --- things in the background are smaller and get bigger as
they come to the foreground.
Then you line the right edge of all three papers togerther and staple the
edge. Line up the left edges of all three papers and staple them. This
makes the pages curve (like a dyaroma,sp?). This really shows the 3-d
effects of FG,MG,BG and teh students love it.

This lesson is several classed but remember they are really doing three
drawings ( hoppefully three quality drawings.

I"ll look for more at school and try to get back to you with somemore
I hope this makes sense,
If not e-mail me an I'll send you snail mail visuals.