While there is no teacher's manual, the books are easily adapted to a classroom or group setting. Here's how I use the Early Elementary K-3 books in the classes I teach. – Brenda Ellis, author
One lesson per week covers 36 weeks of fine art study.
Media needed are listed under Materials Group on each project page.
Preparation includes gathering art supplies, tools, and any props needed for the drawing assignment. You may want to display artwork for further exploration and comparison while doing the art appreciation portion of the lesson. Art prints can be collected from the National Gallery of Art. Obtain ancient art images from past issues of National Geographic magazine.
Presentation of the idea is accomplished by reading the first page of each three page lesson. This fulfills Content Standard #2: Using knowledge of structures and functions and Content Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
Presentation of the artwork and the discussion that follows fulfills Content Standard #4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
Process: Students work with the process of making art in the Project, fulfilling Content Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes and Content Standard #5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
(Content Standard #6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines can be found in lessons dealing with book illustrations which present art and literature together. )
ARTistic Pursuits fulfills all National Standards for Visual Arts Education for Early Elementary Grades K-3.
A Typical Plan for a 75 Minute Class
Warm Up Activity: Stand to exercise our "drawing muscles". Hold thumbs in the air and move them in a circular motion for about 10 seconds. Move to the pointer finger and do the same. Pressing thumb and pointer finger together, move all the other fingers. Move the wrists around in one direction, then the other. Move the elbows and finally the shoulders in the same way, allowing10 seconds in each direction. All should be participating together. This two-three minute exercise creates a way for students to focus attention on their bodies and disengage from conversations with others.
10 - 15 minute Vocabulary Exercise. This is another focused time. Sometimes the exercise will involve other students and other times require each student to work alone. The purpose of these activities is two-fold. (1) To teach real drawing skills in a fun way involving the whole class while encouraging creative thought, visual awareness, and some social interaction. (2) To reinforce the vocabulary of art which is being taught in our regular lessons within the ARTistic Pursuits books. See Vocabulary Exercises using this link.
Present a lesson using ARTistic Pursuits in the following way. It is most easily given when each student has his/her own book or a book is shared between two students so that they can see the illustrations and artwork. The teacher reads the lesson and then asks students the questions on the art appreciation page. Point out any observations you have on the work as well. Demonstrate techniques shown on the project page, then have students do the drawing, painting, or sculpture activity.
Clean-up Time: Everyone is expected to clean up their own work space and specific classroom areas as needed. Pass out any artwork held over from previous weeks. Keep artwork only when it needs to dry or is unfinished.
Typical Plan for a 55 Minute Class
Same as above, but skip the Vocabulary Exercises and keep presentation of the lesson to 10 minutes only, while allowing children to have at least 40 minutes to make art. You may need to do more of the clean-up yourself, rather than have students take the time to learn this valuable lesson.
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