This literature-integrated art lesson focuses on line drawing and the color purple, and introduces using art as a way to tell a story. Students discuss elements of and illustrations in the story Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crocket Johnson, then use their imaginations to draw their own “purple adventure” composition.
Extend the lesson by making connections to other read-alouds or bringing additional literature elements into discussion, adding an open-ended writing activity, or using the included ‘draw and write’ literature response template for students who need more support. Also included is an art reflection worksheet suitable for emergent writers.
Purple Crayon Adventure is bundled with two other lessons in Three Literature-Based Art Lessons for Kindergarten
This lesson includes the following:
- national visual arts standards information
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for discussing Harold and the Purple Crayon
- detailed steps for introducing the art lesson
- step-by-step directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included in this resource:
• art reflection worksheet suitable for emergent writers
• literature response worksheet in two versions, lined and unlined
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this 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; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
More Resources for Kindergarten:
Exploring Lines and Shapes
- making math connections
Motor Skills Activity Task Cards
- for independent practice
Draw & Write Literature Response Templates
- generic response templates for any read-aloud
On The Farm
- a collaborative math, art, reading, and writing integrated lesson
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
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