Great for Memorial Day, Veterans' Day, Presidents' Day, Flag Day, and more! This Social Studies integrated art lesson is a fun and creative alternative to boring coloring pages, and is a perfect addition to any lesson or unit relating to national or patriotic holidays, and lessons on symbolism or the American flag.
The art activity is inspired by red, white, and blue art work by Jasper Johns and Alexander Calder. It is a failure-proof activity, great for students of all abilities. Because of its open-ended, non-representational nature, it encourages and fosters student creativity.
This lesson is appropriate for many grade levels; the art produced by second or third grade students will be less complex, but no less interesting, than that produced by third or fourth grade students, and the writing extensions can be simplified or made more complex to address specific writing and/or social studies standards of the different grade levels.
The lesson includes directions for making "quirky stars" that lend even more personality and individuality to student work.
The lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at and discussing famous art works
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- writing extension ideas
This comprehensive lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
Because I teach in California, the lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; this lesson can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
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Another version of this lesson, Patriotic Colors Torn Paper Collage,
is designed for younger children.
Voting and Elections: A Unit Framework
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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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