This elementary art Europe lesson unit focuses on teaching elementary age students about other countries, the importance of art in the past, and how to represent themselves through their artwork.
First grade goes on a journey to France, where they learn about the capital Paris, and the city Montignac, and theLascaux caves. Once they discuss the purpose of the paintings, and the techniques used to create them, they get the opportunity to make their very own cave art.
Second grade goes to Paris to study Notre Dame, they then moves the Chartres, France, where they study the Chartres Cathedral. In these two cities the students will discuss the use and purpose of stained glass windows in traditional churches. They then create their own stained glass windows using colors that represent their personalities by using symbolism.
Third grade heads to the country Italy to study the capital, Rome, and the smallest independent state, Vatican City. Here the students talk about what mosaics are and how they tell us stories. Students will create their own mosaics using only one picture to tell a story about themselves.
Fourth grade also gets the chance to study the capital, Rome, before they move to the city, Florence. In Florence they will study the Gates of Paradise, by artist Ghiberti. Students will create their own panel for of the gates of paradise, using only one image to represent themselves.
Fifth grade has the opportunity to study the capital, Rome, as well as the city, Siena. While in Siena they will look at the 17 contradas, or neighborhoods, that make up the city Siena. The students will then create their own neighborhood, insignia, and statue, which has to represent them in some way.
Each lesson plan includes national standards, essential questions, objectives, materials, resources, and check list evaluations.
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