Submitted by: Linda Eastman UNIT: Recycling - Sculpture Lesson: Go Fish! Fish or other Sea Creature from Recycled Materials Grade Level: Elementary
Make connections to science - protect the environment and recycle - learn the parts of the fish.
Art Concept See things in a different way - think creatively - fish around for new ideas.
Art Problem Create a unique, interesting, visually appealing 3D sculpture of a fish (or underwater creature) out of mostly recycled materials.
1. Get some IDEAS!
• Brainstorm - What does a
fish look like? Determine the parts from schema and research.
• Assemble some recyclable materials and let them inspire you.
• Make sketches.
• Adapt other artists’ solutions.
2. Make a PLAN!
• Where to get materials?
• What supplies are needed?
• Will it be ART? or ICK! Solve the aesthetics!
• How to assemble?
• How to hang or display?
1. Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
2. Using knowledge of structures and functions
3. Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
4. Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others
5. Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art
Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses
Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
(make connections to science)
Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
Note on Matisse Beasts of the Sea Lesson:
Matisse lesson was done with 2nd grade. Student scan "Sea Beasts by Henri Matisse
and try to figure out what the picture is about. Then they use Tissue paper and glue (watered down) to cover a 12x18 white paper. Next class, Linda shows them how to cut 3 of Matisse's conventional shapes: the "see through spiral", the leaf (sea weed), and the "spiny creature" (star). She limits color selection on the Construction Paper to blue, orange, black and white. After that they can add their own creatures/details.
Kindergarten Swimmy Lesson:
Kindergartners painted cool colors for the background - fill the page. Linda taught basic painting skills and procedures. Next time, she read them Swimmy by Leo Lionni and they looked at their paintings to see if there were any "caves" or dark secret hiding places. They also talked about how all Lionni's fish were printed. Linda made the fish stencils from oak tag and the students used red and yellow tempera with little sponges and clothes pins to stencil the fish on the paintings. Next came the oil crayons for seaweed.