ALEX Learning Activity

Oil Spill Artistry

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 Author: Ginger Boyd System: Geneva County School: Samson Middle School
General Activity Information
 Activity ID: 1752 Title: Oil Spill Artistry Digital Tool/Resource: Oil Slick Water picture from Google Images Web Address – URL: https://goo.gl/images/gQEAak Overview: This is an art activity adding oil to watercolor paint to reinforce the concept that oil and water don't mix. Students will be shown that no matter how hard they try these two liquids will avoid each other at all costs. The oil will either float on top or through the watercolors or, if applied to the paper first, prevent the watercolors from absorbing into the paper. Students will be able to make real-world connections between this art activity and what happens during a real oil spill. This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.
Associated Standards and Objectives
Content Standard(s):
 Science SC2015 (2015) Grade: 5 5 ) Construct explanations from observations to determine how the density of an object affects whether the object sinks or floats when placed in a liquid. NAEP Framework NAEP Statement:: P4.3: Matter exists in several different states; the most common states are solid, liquid, and gas. Each state of matter has unique properties. For instance, gases are easily compressed while solids and liquids are not. The shape of a solid is independent of its container; liquids and gases take the shape of their containers. Unpacked Content Scientific And Engineering Practices:Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsCrosscutting Concepts: Cause and EffectDisciplinary Core Idea: Matter and Its InteractionsEvidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Use data from observations to explain how the density of an object affects whether an object sinks or floats when placed in a liquid, like water.Teacher Vocabulary:density volume buoyancy data observe explain sink float massKnowledge:Students know: Objects are made of many tiny particles to small to be seen. Some objects have many tiny particles compacted close together that causes the object to sink while other objects the same size may float because their tiny particles are less compact. Some objects of the same size sink when others float. Buoyancy is the ability of an object to float.Skills:Students are able to: Predict the results of different types of objects being placed in water. Test the objects and communicate the results. Use appropriate tools (Scale, balance, ruler, or graduated cylinder) to measure the weight, mass, and/volume of an object. Construct an explanation to describe the observed relationship between density and the ability of an object to sink or float. Identify the evidence that supports the explanation that density affects the ability of an object to sink or float.Understanding:Students understand that: Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain phenomenon like sinking and floating.AMSTI Resources:AMSTI Module: Matter and Interactions Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: SCI.AAS.5.5- Observe how the density of an object affects whether the object sinks or floats when placed in a liquid; predict whether an object will float or sink in water. Arts Education ARTS (2017) Grade: 5 Visual Arts 3) Communicate personal ideas, images, and themes through artistic choices of media, technique, and subject matter. Unpacked Content Artistic Process: CreatingAnchor Standards:Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.Process Components: Investigate, Plan, MakeEssential Questions:EU: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and artmaking approaches. EQ: How do artists work? How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective? How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?Concepts & Vocabulary:Cultural context Formal & conceptual vocabulary Genre Linear perspective Preserve Principles of design Movement Emphasis Relief Vanishing pointSkill Examples:Use a variety of materials (wood, found objects, wire, paper, clay, etc.) to construct a three-dimensional work of art. Have students keep journals to reflect on and combine ideas for their works of art. Draw a still life of students' favorite objects, while adding color with a variety of media (paint, pastels, collage, etc.). Draw an object or other images (landscapes, hallways, etc.) in linear one-point perspective. Create tessellations in connection with interdisciplinary subjects such as mathematics. Write a short story and illustrate the story with original drawings. Draw and transform two-dimensional shapes into three-dimensional forms. (squares to cubes, circles to spheres, triangles to pyramids and cones) Write a personal artist statement to accompany an original work of art. Draw a landscape including foreground, middle ground, and background. Create an artwork integrating observational and technical skills to solve a problem or address contemporary social issues. Create a bas-relief by carving into a clay slab.
Learning Objectives:

The students will communicate personal ideas and images about oil spills through watercolor paintings.

Students will observe the effects of mixing oil and water by adding a drop of oil to watercolor paint.

Students will use the results from their artwork to explain how the density of oil affects whether oil sinks or floats when placed in water.

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