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Critter Litter

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will learn about mammals and their offspring as they experiment with scale and form to create multiples of a chosen animal in various sizes using air-dry clay. They will present artwork in a diorama and participate in a reflective group critique.

Level

Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will learn which animals have their offspring in litters.

Students will study the characteristics of animals in preparation for making their artwork.

Students will use basic forms to sculpt a parent animal and explore scale to sculpt baby animals.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Discuss mammals and litters of offspring.
  • Demonstrate how to sketch animals using simple shapes.
  • Show how to sculpt basic forms, understand scale, and join clay pieces together.
  • Present options for embellishments.

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National Standards


Create

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

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Experiment with various materials and tools to explore personal interests in a work of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.2a

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

1.VA:Cr1.2

Experiment with various materials and tools to explore personal interests in a work of art or design.

2.VA:Cr2.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils
  • Air-dry clay & tools (sculpting tools, mat, water bowl)
  • Embellishments (pipe cleaners, toothpicks, wiggly eyes etc.)
  • White glue
  • Acrylic paint material (paint, brushes, palette, water cup)

National Standards


Create

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

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Experiment with various materials and tools to explore personal interests in a work of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.2a

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

1.VA:Cr1.2

Experiment with various materials and tools to explore personal interests in a work of art or design.

2.VA:Cr2.1

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Steps

Learn About & Sketch Animals

Learn about and discuss animals that have offspring in litters. Sketch an animal of choice. Decide how many animals to create and their sizes in comparison to each other.

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Instructional Materials

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Examples of Mammals with Litters

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How to Join Clay

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Air Dry Clay Finishes

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How to Make Air Dry Clay Slip

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2 Ways to Make a Paper Diorama

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5 Tips for Using Air Dry Clay

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Formative

Exit Slip 3 2 1

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