A FUN and ENGAGING art/drawing lesson with fabulous results that gets young minds in the 'scientist' mindset?! And one that you can let the video do the teaching for you (I mean, you deserve a minute to catch your breath, too!)... Yes, please!
As a STEM certified elementary school, we start our little scientists out young! I do not consider this to be a STEAM project in itself (as I would consider our Kindergarten ‘Ant Playgrounds’ + ‘Arachnids vs. Insects’ to be FULL STEAM projects), but it covers EXTREMELY valuable + relevant skills for STEM/STEAM/Science-oriented learning environments! In fact, our STEM lab teacher starts each year with her own version of ‘Draw like a Scientist.’ My art classroom has been STEAM for several years, so my kiddos are used to + LOVE integrating science + STEM! This is a fun quick drawing project that I do with my Kindergarten classes towards the end of the year to get them smiling + prepared for deeper level science-oriented tasks + note-taking starting the following year! These turn out PRECIOUS + the kiddos are genuinely SO proud of their work. My snail example looks pretty good, but it is NOTHING compared to the kiddos’ artwork; there is something fabulous about a kid-drawn snail with feature ‘labeling’ in kid handwriting! Although I use this with Kindergarten, this lesson would work well up through 3rd grade! I do keep my snail description simple in this lesson by just mentioning observable features that we draw pretty accurately and label in the lesson (since I do this with K students, I keep the focus on drawing and labeling), but this lesson could certainly be kicked up a notch in depth with deeper snail discussion (snails are SO cool, after all!)...
If you don't mind my slightly southern twang and my use of the term 'y'all', then you can go ahead and just play this video for your kiddos to follow along with as I do in class. Take a break from teaching for a few minutes and let me do it for you! :)
You know your school internet can be an absolute brat like ours, so included in your purchase is a ZIP file WITH the video and lesson plan! That way you can download the video and not worry about your internet! You can also use it on your devices in your classroom for your kiddos to even do at their own pace! I always do that for my kiddos who were absent for the lesson; it works BEAUTIFULLY!
Included in this lesson:
VIDEO on TPT
DOWNLOADABLE Video in Zip File
Lesson Plan in Zip File including sample visual arts standards, EQs, simple written instructions, simple grading rubric, project photos
Good quality white paper (I use thicker white sulphite drawing paper, but any good quality white paper that can handle paint will do! Do NOT use printer paper or regular construction paper).
Paint + Paintbrushes (Tempera Cake or Watercolor paint)
Optional: Snail photos and/or snail information
Thank you for checking out this fun and useful drawing lesson from the classroom of Claire Dunaway Cyr