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Combine National Craft Month and economic math while producing some imaginative, innovative crafts.
Students create a Thanksgiving craft. In this Thanksgiving lesson, students use Indian corn and tissue paper to make a wall ornament. Students discuss how corn was important to the pilgrims and Native Americans.
What is peace and what does it mean to our society? To understand why peace is celebrated and what character traits or concepts relate to the action of peace, learners engage in a discussion, story time, and a craft project. The lesson idea can be fitting for any holiday that promotes peace and unity, including: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Harmony Day, Unity Day, or Peace Day. Along with the main craft, which is a unity wreath, links to other crafts and book titles are included.
Students create hatching chickens using plastic Easter eggs, yellow cottonballs, small plastic eyes, and orange construction paper in this fun and quick Easter Art instructional activity for the elementary classroom. A list of recommended craft books is included.
Old school collages go digital! Get creative juices flowing and let your class run wild with the ability to quickly import pictures from a variety of places, organize them on the page, add stickers, drawings, borders, and color effects, and describe what's going on in text boxes with fun font options.
Turn those old water bottles, cans, newspapers, and cardboard boxes into cool new toys. Working in teams, children design and build rockets, robots, or animals out of a variety used materials. Consider asking the class to bring in reusable items from home to further engage them in developing environmentally friendly habits. A fun Earth Day activity that raises awareness about different ways to help preserve the planet.
Little ones read a story about a monster at school, and then they generate a list of classroom rules. After they write down the new list of rules, each child crafts a small monster, which they'll use to decorate their personal rule list. The instructional activity would be great to use during the first week of school.
Learners explore world cultures by creating arts and crafts projects. In this Chinese New Year lesson, students identify the differences in time between the U.S. New Year and a Chinese New Year celebration. Learners create culturally significant Chinese party favors such as noise makers.
Collage techniques give students another creative way to express themselves.
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their finished projects with a class gallery!
Students use a book or passage for their inspiration to create a narrative collage. They need to illustrate the action or the setting.
Students create a collage that displays their philosophy of life. In this life philosophy lesson plan, students research artifacts that tell about life, listen to songs, discuss how they can relate to these arts, and then make their own collage about life philosophies.
The blanket being analyzed here seems simple and plain, but it reflects the culture and geography of the people who made it. Learners critically examine the influence geography and culture had on the creation of the blanket and on themselves. They create collages and write creative pieces that reflect their understanding of how they have personally been shaped by the world around them.
Incorporate National Craft Month into your daily lessons with these great ideas.
Fourth graders investigate the concept of geometric patterning. They create their own patterns with a few basic requirements. The patterns must illustrate the concepts of flipping, 90 and 180 degree rotations. The collages also consist of an overlap combination of colors.
Students explore texture in art. In this textured collage art lesson, students observe and identify texture in famous artwork from artists around the world. Students plan and create a textured collage of a chosen animal.
In a visual essay of their thoughts about "What America Means to Me," kids of any age can create a collage about their country. Originally intended to be created physically, learners could share their projects online by using an interactive bulletin board or an online presentation site.
Rhythm, repetition, positive, and negative space is used to create mixed media collages. Let your learners go wild with glue, magazine clippings, and the elements of design. They'll experiment with various types of media, color, and space to express repetition and rhythm in their work. Tip: Give the class a content-specific theme to focus on while they create their art.
Oh my, the desert never looked so good! Here is a great art project that spans three days and several different art techniques. The class will create beautiful backgrounds and striking cacti, which the'll put together to make a wild west collage.
Students examine the concept of craft and, by creating blueprints for various craft objects, explore the advantages and disadvantages of craft in our modern world.