Great for substitutes!
Activate your students’ imaginations with this simple art lesson that relies on creativity and artist behavior. Students use their imaginations to turn free-form squiggles into colorful drawings, complete with details and background. The lesson begins with a read aloud and a discussion about what it means to use our imaginations. Students are encouaged to observe and think like artists, working slowly and carefully, as they develop their drawings.
This lesson is perfect for filling an extra hour, introducing a creative writing session, or including in substitute lesson plans. It encourages students to be creative without being sloppy, and to look at possibilities from different perspectives.
What's That Squiggle? is bundled with four other lessons in 5 Super Easy Art Lessons
This lesson includes:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for related read-aloud books
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included with this lesson:
• “What Do Artists Do?” -- a teacher resource
designed to help students incorporate artist behaviors as they work
• Thinking About My Art -- an ‘art reflection’ student worksheet
with prompts to help students think and write about their creative process.
This comprehensive 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.
Similar quick and easy art lessons:
Four Quick Art Lessons
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
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.
Ways to connect with me:
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