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Talking About Art

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create an artwork that tells a story about an experience or memory as they learn how to transform their analog artwork into a digital story. They will discuss the meaning behind the artwork they have created.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will read the book The Relatives Came to better understand how artists convey memories.

Students will combine the analog process of creating using mixed media with telling a story using a digital format.

Students will identify when and why artists create artwork in a discussion with their classmates.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Read The Relatives Came and lead a discussion on the use of illustration to communicate memory.
  • Guide students through the process of creating and then digitizing their artwork to discuss the meaning.
  • Explain how to use collage materials to create artwork.
  • Facilitate a discussion on when and why artists create.

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National Standards


Create

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

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Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art.

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • The Relatives Came: C. Rylant, ISBN 978-0689717383
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Sketch paper
  • Picture-taking device
  • Drawing materials: colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.
  • Glue stick
  • Collage materials: colored paper, scissors, glue, etc.
  • Device with portfolio app (e.g., Seesaw)

National Standards


Create

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

VA:Cr2.3.Ka

Use art vocabulary to describe choices while creating art.

1.VA:Cr3

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Steps

Explore & Discuss Why Artists Create

Read The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. Examine the illustrations and discuss how they communicate memories. Identify the reasons artists make art. Discuss how artists draw from personal experiences. Explore the reasons students make art, both inside and outside of school.

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Kindergarten Vocabulary

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Reference

How to Use the Seesaw App

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When, Where, & Why Do We Create?

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