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Folk Art Animals

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore Mexican Tonalá pottery designs and use clay to create an animal of choice with painted ornate designs inspired by the Tonalá style. They will reflect on the creation process by participating in a class critique.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will understand how aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment and how they impact artwork.

Students will explore ways their personality can be represented in their animal.

Students will reflect on the creation process through a class critique.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Read Market Day to students and discuss how a person’s aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment.
  • Show images of Tonalá Mexican pottery to students.
  • Demonstrate how to create the simple shapes of an animal with air dry clay.
  • Discuss the message that visual imagery conveys to others based on the selected color, pattern, and animal.

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National Standards


Create

Explain environmental implications of conservation, care, and clean-up of art materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.6a

Plan: Generate original solutions through exploration and practice.

A.A.Cr.8.m

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

6 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Air dry clay
  • Clay tools
  • Water bowl
  • Sponge
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Market Day: L. Ehlert, ISBN-13: 978-0152168209

National Standards


Create

Explain environmental implications of conservation, care, and clean-up of art materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.6a

Plan: Generate original solutions through exploration and practice.

A.A.Cr.8.m

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Steps

Create the Basic Shapes of an Animal

Select a favorite animal or animal of interest. Create the basic shapes of the animal’s body and parts using air dry clay.

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Instructional Materials

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Acrylic Brush Tips

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Tonalá Pottery

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Acrylic Painting Vocabulary

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Critique

Tell, Explain, Describe, Critique Guide

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