Sunday, May 24, 2015

Visual Arts Lesson Plan 


Grade Level: 3rd grade
Subject: Visual Arts

North Carolina Essential Standards
Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. (2.V.2) 
Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately. (2.V.3) 

Objectives
  • Students learn about the 5 patterns in nature.
  • Students identify the 5 types of pattern found in nature.
  • Students understand how nature influence artists.
  • Students create their abstract patterns in nature.
Students will be able to create art from real and imaginary sources of inspiration.

ISTE technology standards
1.a Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes 
2.b Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats 
6.a Understand and use technology systems
6.b Select and use applications effectively and productively 

Description of technologies employed: 

  • YouTube video
  • digital camera/smart phone with built-in camera
  • Padlet-a virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily
  • Sketchcast--a free online whiteboard to create and share
  • TuxPaint--a free drawing program for children ages 3 to 12. It can be downloaded free of charge.

Support Materials/Resources:

  • Laptop/tablet for each student
  • Internet access 
  • Projector
Description of lesson:

Introduction


From spiral galaxies to spiral bacteria; from the packing of atomic particles to the packing of grape clusters; to the meandering contours of sand dunes and brain coral; to the explosion of ice crystals and flower petals; and the branching of lightening and tree limbs; these patterns are never far from our view.


Introduce student to the concept of pattern and show pictures of different patterns

What is a pattern?

Patterns are lines, shapes, or colors that repeat.



Introduce students to the five patterns in nature, giving an example of each pattern
  • spiral (snail shell)
  • meander (ripples in the water)
  • explosion (a sunflower)
  • packing (honeycombs of a beehive)
  • branching (trees)
After students learn about the five patterns in nature, they watch this video and are asked to identify the different patterns shown in the video  





Exploration (Out of class activity)
Students are asked to explore the environment surrounding them and take pictures of the five patterns in nature they spot and bring those pictures to class for sharing

Review and Introduction
  • Share the pictures student took with the class and review the five patterns with students.
  • These five patterns are the same patterns that Andy Warhol (painter, filmmaker, ad-illustrator, and pop-artist, 1928-1987) immortalized along with Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup Cans, and Queen Elizabeth II
  • Introduce students to the art works of Andy Warhol. Students visit the website, take a look at Warhol's art works and discuss about the nature's influence and inspiration on artists. Share their personal thoughts and ideas through Padlet. 

Creation
  • Make sure students have access to iPad or tablets with Sketchcast and TuxPaint downloaded 
  • Inspired by the pictures they took and the artworks of Andy Warhol, students use either Sketchcast or TuxPaint to create their own artwork. 
  • Students are expected to use their imagination and apply at least three of the five patterns in their creation.  
Sharing 
  • After creation, students share their artwork with a neighbor and try to identify the patterns their neighbor has used in their drawing.
  • Explain the process and meaning behind their artwork to their neighbor and receive feedback.

13 comments:

  1. Hey! I really like your lesson! I love how you connect the concept that you are teaching to famous artist that used these concepts. I think that it is important for young children to make these connections. I wish that you had put links to Sketchcast and TuxPaint somewhere in your post. It would have been cool to easily access information about these neat apps. Great Job!

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  2. I like that you are tasking your students with the job of finding examples of patterns in nature. This could prove to be challenging depending on the student's environment but I know they will enjoy looking. I also like that you are using Padlet with little guys.Is this something you have used before with that age group? I like the exploration of contemporary artist Andy Warhol. That will be interesting for them. Have you used either Tux Paint or Sketchcast with students? I think this would be a great way for them to conceptualize ideas but I would like to see them do a project like this using paints or ink sketches too. I think incorporating both elements would allow for more creativity. Nice Lesson!

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    1. Kari, I haven't used either Tux Paint or Sketchcast (which I think is now not available for some reason) with students before. But I would like to try them.

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  3. Hi, Wenting! Great lesson! I really like how you are asking the students to first learn about the 5 patterns, then find them in nature, and finally apply them. I also like that you are tying the patterns into Andy Warhol's work to give them a tangible artist to examine. I would be very interested to see how the Padlet discussion turns out! I wonder if the students may need a bit more guidance with discussion question to post a response to at that age? Were you able to find Sketchcast? I had looked for it after watching this week's lecture and wanting to use it for my lesson but wasn't able to find it - it looked like it had gone out of service. I think TuxPaint looks like a neat program to use for the drawing portion of your lesson though!

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    1. Hi Kirstin I think you are right. Sketchcast is out of service. The original link of it doesn't work. I agree that students may need more guidance with the discussion. Thank you for the suggestions.

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  4. Great organized lesson! I love the fact that the students get to explore in nature to find the 5 patterns. Kids that age always learn the best in a hands on environment. Lastly, I like how you related what the students did (took pictures of the 5 patterns in nature) and related to a real life artist, Andy Warhol.

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  5. Hello! I really enjoyed this lesson! I think you did a great job seamlessly tying this lesson together. I love the flow of what is pattern, to pattern in nature, to Warhol. I think it is creative and fun. Tux Paint is a great tool to incorporate into lessons. It always amazes me how creative students are using this tool.

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  6. Nice post, I like it. The pictures are colourful and the video for patterns in nature are really amazing. I also like the way you give some examples to explain the patterns in nature. I also like the creation and sharing part, which can makes students more engaged in good habit forming.

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  7. THis is a great lesson, Wenting. I love that you included images of the patterns in your blog post. It makes it very easy to follow. The embedded youtube video was also a nice touch. This lesson is very straightforward and easy to follow. Any 3rd grade teacher could use this with their students and find success I think. I have a friend who is an elementary art teacher. Do you mind if I share this lesson with her?

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    1. Thanks Jill. No, I don't mid. It's my pleasure if it can help.

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  8. THis is a great lesson, Wenting. I love that you included images of the patterns in your blog post. It makes it very easy to follow. The embedded youtube video was also a nice touch. This lesson is very straightforward and easy to follow. Any 3rd grade teacher could use this with their students and find success I think. I have a friend who is an elementary art teacher. Do you mind if I share this lesson with her?

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  9. I love the science integration within this Art lesson. I think the students will benefit from making connections at such a young age. Patterns and tesselations are popular, even with middle schoolers!

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  10. I love the science integration within this Art lesson. I think the students will benefit from making connections at such a young age. Patterns and tesselations are popular, even with middle schoolers!

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