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Nature Within Nature

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will observe the natural world by choosing an animal or insect to carve from clay. They will make impressions in the clay with objects found in nature.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will use observational skills to draw and add designs from nature to their art.

Students will use clay to create an animal or insect.

Students will choose leaves or other natural objects to create a design in their clay.

Students will explore one way to add color to clay.

Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion of animals and insects seen in the local environment.
  • Demonstrate how to use basic shapes to draw different animals.
  • Show how to roll out a slab of clay and cut into a desired shape.
  • Guide students in gathering leaves or other natural elements from their environment.
  • Demonstrate how to use oil pastel and India ink to add color to their clay piece.

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National Standards


Create

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

VA:Cr2.1.1a

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

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Clay (air-dry clay or clay to be fired)
  • Leaves and other natural objects
  • Clay tools or craft sticks
  • Oil pastels
  • India ink

National Standards


Create

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

VA:Cr2.1.1a

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

VA:Cr1.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

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Steps

Sketch an Animal or Insect

Draw an animal or insect seen in the local environment. Keep the drawing simple.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

Sea Life Reference

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Animal Silhouette Template: Cat

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Worksheet

Animal Silhouette Templates: Duck

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Animal Silhouette Template: Horse

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Summative

Two Stars and a Wish

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