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The Economics of National Craft Month
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.
Peace Education | Wreath or Tree Craft
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.
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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.
Lesson: A Collage of Cultures
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.
Make a Collage!
Collage techniques give students another creative way to express themselves.
Students create hatching chickens using plastic Easter eggs, yellow cottonballs, small plastic eyes, and orange construction paper in this fun and quick Easter Art lesson plan for the elementary classroom. A list of recommended craft books is included.
Unity and Variety in a Textural Collage
Students explore texture in art. In this textured collage art lesson plan, students observe and identify texture in famous artwork from artists around the world. Students plan and create a textured collage of a chosen animal.
This Is America! Flag Collage
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.
Mixed Media Collage
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.
New! Wild Wild West- Cactus Collage
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.
Collage and Photomontage
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.
Philosophy of Life Collage
Students create a collage that displays their philosophy of life. For 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.
National Craft Month
Incorporate National Craft Month into your daily lessons with these great ideas.
The Day the Monster Came to School
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 lesson plan would be great to use during the first week of school.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Students explore world cultures by creating arts and crafts projects. In this Chinese New Year activity, students identify the differences in time between the U.S. New Year and a Chinese New Year celebration. Students create culturally significant Chinese party favors such as noise makers.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Collage Technique
First graders listen to the story The Hungry Caterpillar, then sequentially organize their own re-writing and re-creating of the story. They construct illustrations for their book using the collage technique Eric Carle used in his illustrations for this book.
Melt and Pour Soap Recipes
Students are able to make many differnt kinds of soaps. They are told that they must purchase a pre-made melt and pour soap base from a craft supplier, melt it, add soap colorants and fragrances and otherr additives as you like and pour the liquid into molds.
Students investigate insect camouflage and mimicry. In this animal science lesson, students discuss how camouflage helps an insect survive. Additionally, students use the included template to color and cut illustrations of insects. Students place their cut-out's in an environment that provides camouflage for the insect. Students try to find each other's insects.