Title: Alabama's Pine Barren
Students will read a description of the pine barrens by Basil Hall and analyze the text by using the 3-2-1 strategy. Students will discuss the life and work of Basil Hall, including his travels and journaling in North America. They will observe how a camera lucida functions and debate whether using a camera lucida is "cheating" in art. Next, students will venture outside to create a sketch of their environment while appropriately utilizing materials. They will compare and contrast their products to the sketches of Basil Hall and critique each other's work.
This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Standard(s): [SS2010] USS5 (5) 2: Identify causes and effects of early migration and settlement of North America.
Title: Carle's Crazy Critters
This lesson provides students with the opportunity to read books aloud to the class. Students also spend time researching Eric Carle and his practices as a writer and illustrator. Finally, students become writers and illustrators themselves, as they create their own books and present their books to younger students.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (3) 34: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. [SL.3.4]
Title: Roman Arches
Students will watch a slideshow presentation on Roman arches with followup discussions and activities focusing on the arch as it is used in architecture and art images. They will then create a collograph using an arch.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (4) 5: Describe functions of art within the total environment, including functional sculptures, urban improvement, and transportation.
Title: Teaching Art with Picture Books
In this lesson, students will observe the work of artist Eric Carle, investigate the life of an illustrator, and make their own three-dimensional art project using tissue paper and paint.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (5) 4: Critique personal works of art orally or in writing according to specified criteria, including elements of art, principals of design, technical skill, and creativity.
Title: Ambiguous Pictures/Abstract Art
In this lesson students learn how perspective can change the meaning of art. The students will use a digital camera to take extreme close-ups of objects, thus causing the pictures to become resemble abstract art. This project incorporates art, writing and technology.
Standard(s): [TC2] (3-5) 12: Create a product using digital tools.
Title: Critiquing Art
Students will begin to understand that being an critiquing art is not about what one likes or dislikes, but rather if the art makes sense or makes a statement. Students will learn how to use the vocabulary of the Elements and Principles of Design when discussing art.
Standard(s): [TC2] (3-5) 2: Use various technology applications, including word processing and multimedia software.
Title: Expressive Expressionist Faces
Students will learn about Expressionist artists and the strategies they used in their artworks. The students will also produce an Expressionist artwork using some of those strategies as well as develop a slideshow presentation about an Expressionist artist.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (5) 7: Associate a particular artistic style with an individual artist.
Title: The "T" in Art is for Thinking
This lesson provides fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students with a research-based project, and can also be used with art and language arts students from sixth through ninth grade. Students will design and create a slideshow presentation as a vehicle for analyzing a painting. Using the art criticism process, students will describe and analyze the art elements and principles of design and provide an interpretation of a painting of their choice. Biographical information about the artist and contextual knowledge concerning the art period/movement and the associated historical times may be included.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (6-8) 4: Discuss strengths and weaknesses of a personal portfolio or other work of art.