Grades 4+5. Click for lesson. Inspired by artists who re-purpose recycled materials to erect buildings, children can collaborate to assemble their own architectural forms.
Second Grade. Click for lesson. Children read Patricia Polacco’s Babushka Baba Yaga and learn the significance of fairy myths. Children imagine and design their own fairy houses, with sticks on construction paper. Artists explored: Patrick Dougherty, the English BeWILDderwood exhibit, Tracy Kane, fort-building contest entries, Elsa Beskow illustrations, Patricia Polacco.
High School. Click for lesson. Teens will learn about the mark-making & motivations of Impressionist & Post-Impressionist artists, then choose one in particular to study & recreate the style of, before crafting their own self-portraits using paper bits torn from ArtForum. Artists: Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissaro, Mary Cassatt, & Edgar Degas
Third Grade. Click for lesson. Inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder, children will play with balance & creative problem-solving to construct a “sketch” with pipe cleaners, then their own colorful mobiles out of wire and foam shapes. Artist: Alexander calder.
High School. Click for lesson. Teens learn about the narratives and cultural contexts behind still life paintings, then collaborate to construct a unique story. Using observation & rendering skills, they focus on color, value, & proportion to draw their own still life assemblages in colored pencil. Artists: Audrey Flack, Chris Peters, Elizabeth Crawford, Manny Farber, James Rosenquist, & Janet Fish.
Grades 2 & 3. Click for lesson. Celebrate and present the validity of African and African-American textiles, and children will have a blast creating their own patterns. Artists & authors explored: Chris Spring and Julie Hudson, John Gillow, Eva Wilson, Virginia Hamilton, Ashanti & Zulu traditions, Leo and Diane Dillon, & Faith Ringgold.
Grades 2 – 4. Click for lesson. Children transform a real-life object into something straight out of their imagination, through drawing. Sequencing, observation, rendering and abstract-thinking skills are utilized. Artists: M.C. Escher, Karli Martin, and Brian Jungen.