Integrate Art and Language Arts with these art observation lessons that focus on language and reading comprehension skills. Students observe, discuss, and analyze the elements and content of well-known art works with strategies that engage them in using targeted language arts skills.
These art observation activities are perfect for for introducing, practicing, or reviewing specific skills in the context of art appreciation and analysis. Each lesson begins with a whole group art observation and discussion and is followed up by an individual student writing activity.
Use these activities to develop visual literacy while adding a different perspective to teaching traditional language arts and other content skills. Extend the art observations with related art lessons and by reading about selected artists.
Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons in this bundled collection include:
Learn to Ask Questions with Art
Learn to Compare and Contrast with Art
Learn Fact and Opinion with Art
Learn Main Idea and Details with Art
Learn to Make Generalizations with Art
Learn to Make Inferences with Art
Learn Math Vocabulary with Art
Learn about Realism and Fantasy with Art
Each lesson includes:
- suggested art works especially suited to the skills adressed
- general procedure summary
- list of materials needed and preparation required
- step-by-step directions for looking at art
- suggested questions for art observation
- suggestions for extending the lesson with art and reading
- list of related resources to enhance the lesson
- student response worksheets appropriate for each targeted skill
These comprehensive lessons are designed to address targeted language arts and other skills along with art appreciation and art analysis. Extensions can expand the lesson into art technique and art history.
Related resources for extending this lesson:
One-page artist biographies with student response worksheets - great for adding context to art observation lessons:
Artist Biographies Volume One:
Marc Chagall • Wassily Kandinsky • Henri Matisse
Frida Kahlo • Pablo Picasso • Norman Rockwell
Artist Biographies Volume Two:
Alexander Calder • Leonardo da Vinci • Keith Haring
Piet Modrian • Georgia O’Keeffe • Wayne Thiebaud
Also, Looking at Art with Kids
is a free download offers additional ideas and suggestions for using art observations across the curriculum.
For other art-making ideas and suggestions:
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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