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re:art history in the elementary/Grant Wood

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The Dunhams (dunham1)
Fri, 9 Oct 1998 20:56:31 -0400


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Well, perhaps you would enjoy sharing my elementary art lesson plans =
this week with the man...my kids thought it was a great week....
We learned about Grant Wood..I told the basic story of his life and then =
emphasized a different art work with each grade level as the one I =
wanted to teach from example. In kindergarten, we were studying the =
letter C this week...so I used the camouflaged cow as our art lesson and =
the kids learned what camouflage is and then they tried to camouflage a =
cow and then paint the background so no one could see it. (He supposedly =
painted tanks in the army in camouflage during his years of service). =
They had great fun and learned a new big word and I was teaching them =
how to paint for the first time and you can't go wrong if you are =
camouflaging!!
In first grade we looked at all the different ways he painted farm =
scenes and decided that we would each paint a barn and then complete the =
picture. Again I was working with teaching how to paint and handle a =
paint brush and change the colors without getting too much water in the =
paint.
In second grade we looked at the picture of stained glass of the =
memorial for the veterans...We then learned how to paint and not get the =
colors to touch so there would be space for the black next week. In =
third grade we looked especially at the picture of Grant Wood's mother. =
The kids worked on portraits of their mothers holding something that was =
important to them. We discussed how to draw a face with more likeness =
and facial features that were not like everyone elses, but like their =
own mom's. In fourth grade, we had been working on perspective so we =
spent time looking at his farm pictures that showed perspective in the =
rolling hills and crops. We talked about how that was an extension of =
our previous lesson. We then painted a picture showing the crops in =
perspective as they roll over the curves. {The "we" doesn't mean I =
paint, they paint....they did it all without my help}
In fifth grade we discussed the American Gothic work. Living in Florida =
they had all seen the Disneyworld example with Miss Piggy and Kermit as =
the two characters. They also mentioned seeing it in lots of dentist =
offices...after explaining that Grant Wood painted his sister and his =
dentist they understood and got a good chuckle from that. They then =
decided to paint themselves and a friend in front of their environment =
holding something that would represent what they do. We also discussed =
the Gothic window and his studying in Europe. In 6th grade, we also =
spent time especially on the Amerian Gothic and are doing a mosaic of =
the picture with 1/4 inch squares. When finished all projects will be =
displayed in the cafeteria and everyone can then talk (and they will) =
about the art while they eat and share with each other what they learned =
about each picture. =20
I wonder what the guy would say about my lesson art history plans...As =
for me, my kids absolutely love art history and look forward to my =
"stories".=20
ps. As I thought of these on my own, you are welcome to borrow anything =
you like...
Laura languishing the loss of University of Miami to Florida State =
University. Go Canes.
=20

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Well, perhaps you would enjoy sharing my elementary art lesson = plans this=20 week with the man...my kids thought it was a great week....
We learned about Grant Wood..I told the basic story of his life and = then=20 emphasized a different art work with each grade level as the one I = wanted to=20 teach from example.  In kindergarten, we were studying the letter C = this=20 week...so I used the camouflaged cow as our art lesson and the kids = learned what=20 camouflage is and then they tried to camouflage a cow and then paint the = background so no one could see it. (He supposedly painted tanks in the = army in=20 camouflage during his years of service).  They had great fun and = learned a=20 new big word and I was teaching them how to paint for the first time and = you=20 can't go wrong if you are camouflaging!!
In first grade we looked at all the different ways he painted farm = scenes=20 and decided that we would each paint a barn and then complete the = picture. =20 Again I was working with teaching how to paint and handle a paint brush = and=20 change the colors without getting too much water in the paint.
In second grade we looked at the picture of stained glass of the = memorial=20 for the veterans...We then learned how to paint and not get the colors = to touch=20 so there would be space for the black next week.  In third grade we = looked=20 especially at the picture of Grant Wood's mother.  The kids worked = on=20 portraits of their mothers holding something that was important to = them. =20 We discussed how to draw a face with more likeness and facial features = that were=20 not like everyone elses, but like their own mom's.  In fourth = grade, we had=20 been working on perspective so we spent time looking at his farm = pictures that=20 showed perspective in the rolling hills and crops.  We talked about = how=20 that was an extension of our previous lesson.  We then painted a = picture=20 showing the crops in perspective as they roll over the curves.  = {The=20 "we"  doesn't mean I paint, they paint....they did it all = without=20 my help}
In fifth grade we discussed the American Gothic work.  Living = in=20 Florida they had all seen the Disneyworld example with Miss Piggy and = Kermit as=20 the two characters.  They also mentioned seeing it in lots of = dentist=20 offices...after explaining that Grant Wood painted his sister and his = dentist=20 they understood and got a good chuckle from that.  They then = decided to=20 paint themselves and a friend in front of their environment holding = something=20 that would represent what they do.  We also discussed the Gothic = window and=20 his studying in Europe.  In 6th grade, we also spent time = especially on the=20 Amerian Gothic and are doing a mosaic of the picture with 1/4 inch=20 squares.  When finished all projects will be displayed in the = cafeteria and=20 everyone can then talk (and they will) about the art while they eat and = share=20 with each other what they learned about each picture. 
I wonder what the guy would say about my lesson art history = plans...As for=20 me, my kids absolutely love art history and look forward to my=20 "stories".
ps.  As I thought of these on my own, you are welcome to = borrow=20 anything you like...
Laura languishing the loss of University of Miami to Florida State=20 University.  Go Canes.
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