Celebrate the harvest moon, Halloween, and Day of the Dead with these three diverse art lessons that include a variety of techniques and concepts, including collage, drawing, sponge-painting, using three-dimentional elements, using a viewfinder, composition layout, cropping, and more.
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.
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Each of the lessons in this bundle is also available individually:
Harvest Moon Tree Silhouette Art Lesson
is a mixed-media composition with tissue paper collage, line drawings, and a focus on space and contrast.
Drawing on Halloween
introduces the use of a viewfinder to help with composition layout and uses a combination of contour drawing, patterning, and sponge-painting.
Day of the Dead Decorative Skull Masks
is a whimsical collage activity that includes learning about the art and life of artist Frida Kahlo.
Each of the lessons includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for the use of related art works and read-alouds
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- related writing suggestions
- photographs of student work for reference
Also included in this bundle:
- how to make and use a simple viewfinder
- tips, with photographs, for specific art-making processes
And.... two printables:
Reading About Frida Kahlo - one-page informational text about the artist
Thinking About Frida Kahlo - student response worksheet with “draw & write” prompts
Because I teach in California, each 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.
Other related art lessons you might enjoy:
Art Lessons With Autumn Leaves
Art With Symmetry
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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