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Koi Ponds

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will observe and investigate koi fish and their natural habitat. They will explore and experiment with various ways to use pastels as they create a realistically styled koi pond drawing.

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Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will observe and investigate the parts of a koi pond: water, rocks, plants, and types of koi fish.

Students will learn how to draw a koi fish and create a variety of fish that are aesthetically pleasing to them.

Students will complete their drawings by adding various natural elements found in ponds.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion on koi pond habitats.
  • Demonstrate how to draw a koi fish.
  • Explain how some fish are solid in color and others have organic shape patterns.
  • Demonstrate how to use pastels and experiment with pastels.

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National Standards


Create

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

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

10 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Gray and blue construction paper
  • Chalk pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • White glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Paper towels
  • Spray fixative

National Standards


Create

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

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

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Steps

Discuss & Practice Drawing

Discuss and examine Koi habitats. Talk about what Koi fish need to thrive. Practice drawing koi fish. Practice chalk pastel techniques. Experiment with colors and designs.

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Instructional Materials

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Pastel Technique Practice

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Chalk Pastel Techniques

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Chalk Pastel Tools

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Koi Fish Template

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How to Draw Koi Fish

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Types of Koi Fish

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Reflection

First, Then, Next Finally

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