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Abstract Insect Sculptures

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use the scientific observation of insects as inspiration for creating an abstract painted wooden insect sculpture. They will enhance and add detail to their insect with paint.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will observe and investigate the parts of an insect.

Students will play with wooden scraps, imaginatively creating abstracted insect forms.

Students will create an abstract wooden insect sculpture.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate an investigation and discussion into the parts of an insect.
  • Demonstrate how to arrange wooden scraps to imaginatively create abstracted insect forms.
  • Model how to glue and paint wooden insect forms.

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National Standards


Create

Engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.

VA:Cr1.1.Ka

Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.1a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

10 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Wooden shapes
  • Balsa wood scraps
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water cup
  • Pencil & eraser

National Standards


Create

Engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.

VA:Cr1.1.Ka

Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.1a

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Steps

Engage in Imaginative Play

Observe and identify the parts of an insect. Engage in imaginative play with wooden scraps to create abstracted insect forms.

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Instructional Materials

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Abstracting an Insect

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Building Forms With Shapes

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Reflection

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

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