Introducing Abstract Art with Random Shapes

Level: 3rd-5th Duration: 45 minutes-1 hour Vocabulary: “Curvilinear,” “rectilinear,” “shape”, “design,” “abstraction” Objectives: To practice and illustrate abstraction in art, and experiment with non-representational expression Materials: Paper, pens, coloring materials   Procedures: Explain how abstract art focuses on experimenting with and examining the most basic fundamentals of design to create …

Flag Day Lesson Plan

Level: 2nd-4th grade Duration: 45 minutes-1 hour Objectives: To learn about the significance of flags and practice self-expression by creating your own flag Vocabulary: “symbol”, “identity” Materials: Paper, pencils, scissors, coloring materials, tape/glue, popsicle sticks   Procedures: Teachers explain what flags are and why they are important. This is also …

Southwark April/May 2018 Projects

This past April and May we taught 10 classes at Southwark Elementary School during their aftercare program. Here are some examples of the projects we did and the wonderful art the students made. We had such a marvelous time getting to know the students and helping them develop their skills and passions as artists and learners. For more information on these projects, please review posts tagged as “Lesson Plan” and “ESL.”

Anansi the Spider: Story, Culture, and Crafts

Duration: 1 hour Level: K-8th ESL Vocabulary: “Anansi the Spider,” “Trickster,” “Legend,” “Traditional story,”  “Ashanti/Asante,” “Ghana” Objectives: To highlight the value and importance of stories, as well as the students’ own ability to shape their own stories Materials: “Anansi the Spider“, white lined paper, construction paper, googly eyes, white pipe …

Treasure Chest Template and Project Lesson Plan

  Treasure chests Duration: 30 minutes Level:K-3rd Objectives:To consider what is most valuable to ourselves Vocabulary: “Treasure,” “valuable,” “precious” Materials: Treasure chest template, scissors, pencils, coloring materials   Procedures: Fold the template like an envelope so that the lock top and bottom line up Cut along the curved lines Teachers …

Castles and Dragons and Treasure, Oh My!: Fantasy-Themed Lesson Plans

  Crowns   Duration: 45 minutes Level: K-8th ESL Objectives: To boost students’ self esteem by materially celebrating their unique skills and self-expression Vocabulary: “I am the King/Queen of ______.” Materials: White paper, scissors, staples, pencils, coloring materials   Procedures: Cut an 8”x11” piece of paper into two 4”x11” pieces. …