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Ninth graders examine light patterns, photograms, and the basic concepts of photography. A class discussion is lead to determine common photographic terms such as light-sensitive paper, transparent, translucent and opaque materials. Students explore how film is developed and the elements of good art composition. They create a photogram series using organic, geometric, and symbolic designs.
What inspires furniture designers? As learners of all ages view examples of woodworking used in French and American furniture, they discuss woodworkers' techniques and inspirations. They identify techniques such as veneering and marquetry that were used to decorate furniture. Then, they design a floral motif in one of the styles represented and decorate a piece of furniture. This lesson would work best for upper elementary schoolers and higher, although you could modify the material for youngsters.
Learners view a film about Hans Hofman and consider his use of color and layering. They experiment with the concept of 'push and pull' by using warm and cool color schemes in a tracing of leaves and shapes. Students view their work using 3-D glasses and discuss the effect the use of color and shading have on the piece.
Fifth graders explore pointillism painting techniques. In this pointillism painting lesson, 5th graders paint fruit using shades and tints. Students use the pointillism techniques along with watercolors to create a layered look. Students analyze their work and describe what they see and fill out self-assessment rubrics.
Third graders explore cultural awareness by reading children's literature. In this human poverty lesson, 3rd graders read the book Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams and discuss the main character's struggle to achieve his goals. Students complete a reading comprehension form which categorizes the different story settings and structure.
Students examine printed textiles that commemorate events, people, and objectives. In this Adinkra printed textile lesson, students explore Africa as they discover the patterns and techniques for creating Adinkra symbols on textile. Students create their own printed textiles in the style of the Adinkra.
Fifth graders examine inventions and personal safety devices. Using the internet, 5th graders explore safety devices and the reasons for their use. Given a list of devices, pupils research the inventor, the innovation of the device, and how it protects people. They create a multimedia presentation of their findings and share it with the class.
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.
Learners interview a brick sculptor and aid in building a brick wall. They write expository paragraphs explaining the sequential process of building a reading wall. They create reading wall sketch designs. Students carve their names and a design onto a wet clay brick that is included in the project.