Celebrate March and St. Patrick’s Day with this math integrated art lesson that focuses on pattern as an element of art. An alternative to coloring pages, this is a relaxing activity that includes a review and discussion about repeating and organic patterns. Students learn to create a shamrock shape using a heart, and are challenged to create a variety of patterns using only shades of green.
All students can be successful with this lesson, whether they create simple or more complex patterns. If holiday activities are avoided, the activity can be done with geometric shapes rather than shamrock shapes..
This lesson includes directions for drawing a shamrock and an art reflection worksheet with prompts to help students think about and extend patterns from their art work.
is included in the bundle St. Patrick’s Day Green Art Lessons.
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
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- 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
Included in this resource:
• directions for making a symmetrical shamrock using a heart template
• an art reflection worksheet with prompts about the patterns used in art work
• Leprechauns and Me - a ‘making comparisons’ worksheet
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.
A similar version of this lesson, Patterns and Hearts,
is available individually and also included in Art Lessons with Hearts.
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start with Art
-- introducing the elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
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
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