In this lesson Kindergarteners explore the deep ocean and discover all sorts of weird and beautiful creatures. Students learn about some of the ways that creatures adapt to living in the deep ocean including bioluminescence. Students learn about shapes and how to use them in order to study the form of an object. Finally we explore submarines and how they work to allow us to see and learn about all those amazing animals. The end result is a beautiful watercolor drawing that showcases many different animals and a 3D paper submarine.
In this lesson 2nd graders travel through time to France and Spain in the early 1900s to learn about cubism and the famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Inspired by Picasso's 'Weeping Woman' students explore cubism by abstracting their own facial features and then attaching their drawings to their faces. Students then collaborate with their peers and utilize iPads to capture and edit images of their cubist faces. The end result is a cubist self-portrait which students frame utilizing shapes, color schemes and collage.
In this lesson 5th graders explore the role of an author and an illustrator. Inspired by the book, Take Away the A, students develop their own literary phrase in which they remove one letter from a word to create a new word. The challenge for students is to develop two words that can interact together so that they can create an illustration to go with their phrase. For example, Take away the R and the crab gets in a cab. Students then use colored pencils, markers, paper, glue, gel pens, oil pastels and crayons to create their illustration.