This is the perfect unit for African American History Month or any time of the year that you would like to cover an interesting new artists and explore new styles of art!
My K-3 students all love this art/language arts/social science unit! They greatly enjoyed learning in detail about the life and childhood of an exceptional African American artist and getting to know the different styles of art she used.
This unit reinforces literacy skills, practices contrast and comparison and enhances your students’ close observation skills.
Your students will love making the acquaintance with one of the most influential African American female artists of her time and learn her unique art and philosophy. They will also be introduced to the two forms of art: Figurative and Abstract art.
After this study your students will ….
- Have an in depth knowledge of the artist: her childhood, educational, her travels and her artistic expressions
- Have studied 8 art works by Elizabeth Catlett
- Be able to define and identify character traits of a person
- Be able to recognize a Catlett painting in art exhibitions and museums
- Know how to identify figurative and abstract elements in arts work
- Have learnt to apply compare and contrast concepts in arts
- Have made 1-2 fun printing arts project in Elizabeth Catlett’s style
- Filled out their personal arts walk booklets
- Have had fun doing word search and a final quiz (:
This unit study requires no preparation on your part and all you need to do is print out the unit which includes art posters, close readings and multiple worksheets.
The Unit includes
(1) 8 art posters of the artist’s work
(2) Step by step teachers guide
(3) Printable “arts walk” student notebook with questions
(4) Close reading section on the remarkable life of artist Elizabeth Catlett
(5) Vocabulary words
(8) Sequence of events worksheet
(8) Identifying character traits with supporting evidence
(9) Close observations skills exercise
(10) Instructions for art activity that is similar to the artists’ style:Easy but beautiful “Printing” Catlett style art project
(11) Word search
(12) Art recognition exercise
(13) Introduction to art forms: figurative and abstract
(14) Mini Quiz
(15) Quotes by Elizabeth Catlett work sheet
To turn your classroom or home into a temporary 'art exhibition’ simply print out the 8 classroom posters and hang the “paintings” in your classroom. During the art observation exercise allow the students to walk for a few minutes quietly to each painting and take notes of what they see. Students will write down: artist, year, medium and observations.