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37. Still Life Slide – KidsART A

37. Still Life Slide – KidsART A

COURSE
KidsART (year A)
76 Weekly lessons/2 school years
LENGTH 
1 hour & 30 minutes
or two 45-minute lessons
AGES
Grades 1-2
DATE
Week of May 15 – 19
2017

L E S S O N P L A N

Overview: Students draw 3 still life objects and color them with oil pastels. They’re cut out and the children have fun sliding them up, down, right and left until they find a good spot for each of them, one at a time. All are glued into place for a nice still life artwork. Then the objects are turned into silly cartoons and colored with markers for a fun finish to the lesson.

T E A C H T O O L S Everything you need to get your classroom ready is in the TEACHTOOLS section, below the LESSONPLAN. This button jumps right to it. Learn the objectives and focus of each lesson, and print a prep-page PDF, including checklists and an “at a glance” outline of the lesson.

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That’s all you need to know. Use your tablet or smartphone, and just start teaching!

 Lesson at a Glance
1. WARMUP 10 Minutes – Artists’ Choice
2. Objects 15 min – Students draw 3 still life objects
3. Oil Pastel Color 10 min – Add color and pattern
4. Scissor Draw 10 min – Cut out each object
B R E A K – If dividing into two lessons.
5. Slide 18 min – Music plays – slide each object, trace & glue
6. Cartoon objects 25 min – Draw objects as cartoons & color
7. Clean Up 2 min – Everyone helps

STEP 1. Warmup

Students begin with Artists’ Choice using markers and/or oil pastels.

10 Minutes Tap the timer buttons to open a countdown in a new tab.

M A T E R I A L S

  • 11″ x 17″ copy paper
  • 4B pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers and/or oil pastels
  • Blenders (stumps)
  • Paper towels
  • Do NOT set out still life objects yet.

1. Greet & Seat

Always try to greet students as they come in and kneel down when you can, so that you are on their level.

2. Artists’ Choice

Encourage students to work with one piece of paper for a while. If someone uses the phrase, “free draw”, explain that artists’ choice is something only artists can do, while free-draw is something anyone can do. You want to use the phrase to elevate the students’ expectations of their work.

Everyone should take their time with the work and make a finished piece of art. Limiting the paper can also help kids focus on the work. If someone finishes in super-fast time, ask them what more they can do to the existing paper. Ask again several times – unless they appear overly frustrated; then you can allow them to move on to a new work.

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STEP 2. Objects

Students draw still life objects on colored paper.

15 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Colored paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Still Life Items

1. Choose a Tall Item

Objects can be toys, fruit, vessels, tools, flowers, etc. Have a variety. Make sure that there are some moderately tall objects, such as a vase, and some short wide ones too, like bowls of fruit.

T I P: If you want to have a bit of special fun, you can have bowls of snacks mixed into your still life objects and let the kids enjoy them at a break in the lesson.

2. Choose two shorter ones

Students find two more objects for their still life. Neither one should be tall like the first one, so that there is a good composition.

3. Choose Papers

Have a spread of several 8.5″ x 11″ colored papers for students to choose whatever they like. Each students should take 2 sheets.

T I P: Bright copy paper lasts much longer than construction paper, which fades and becomes so brittle it can fall apart after a year or two.

4. Draw each object/su_icon]

Make sure kids know that they are doing each one separately. The objects can be sideways on the paper even, to make them use up the space. They should draw them fairly large, not too small.

Also tell students that they’ll be cutting these out later, so the edges need to be simple enough to cut.

5. Write name

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STEP 3. Oil Pastel Color

Students will add shading and more color to their designs.

10 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Colored paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Still Life Items
  • Oil Pastels
  • Blender sticks
  • Paper towels

1. Color!

Allow your artists to express themselves any way they like. Colors can be natural or wild, and if they want to add patterns on things that’s fine too.

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STEP 4. Scissor Draw

Students will cut out each object.

10 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Safety scissors

1. Rough cut first

Show students how to make a rough cut to separate the objects. This is very important and makes cutting way easier!

2. Drawing with Scissors

Cutting seems so simple, but to make great looking shapes without frustration, use our method based on the “drawing with scissors” method used by Henri Matisse. Teach young children how to manage their paper better, and control the scissors more easily.

 V I D E O

Drawing with Scissors • Tap to open - Tap the ArtSquish logo to enlarge

3. Write Name on Back

Just in case, as soon as an item is cut out, have students sign the back.

4. Two Piles of Paper

“Make two piles of paper. One pile is your nice cutout drawings, and the other is your scraps for the trash. See how small you can make your trash pile.”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher

4. Toss your Trash

Take the trash pile to a waste basket.

B R E A K – This is the end of part one, if you’re dividing into two lessons.
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STEP 5. Slide

Students listen to music and slide their artwork around on their paper to find the perfect spot.

18 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Colored 8.5″ x 11″ paper for background. If you have colored card stock, that is nice, but regular paper will do.
  • Painter’s tape
  • Object cutouts
  • Glue sticks
  • Music to play

1. Place your Frame

Everyone should choose a background color and set down at their work area. This is the artwork surface, like drawing paper or canvas. They should decide if they want it in shower or bathtub position.

2. Tape it down

You should be ready with short strips of tape for the corners. You don’t need much.

T I P: While students are choosing their backgrounds, walk around and stick 4 bits of tape to the edge of the table at each work area.

3. Tall Slide

Have your class place their tall object drawing cutouts on the background.

“When I play the music, you’ll slide your still life drawing around the page. Your drawings want to be in the very best spot together on the background. Go very slowly so you can see how it looks. When you get to the best spot, you can stop and use your pencil to lightly trace around it so you know where it goes.

Sometimes artists let their objects go off the edge of the paper or canvas. It sounds crazy, but it can look good. If you do this, the extra will be cut off after you’ve glued all 3 drawings.

When we use the second and third objects, make sure at least one of them overlaps another.”

Teacher, (read verbatim or paraphrase)
Teacher
T I P: For extra fun or for keeping things in more control if needed, you can have everyone follow along as you slide UP. Then slide DOWN. The to the RIGHT, and the LEFT.

4. Second Slide

Choose the next object drawing and repeat the music and slide. Trace a line around this one too.

Encourage your students to choose by looking and thinking about it instead of playing and being silly. You can play at home. Art can be fun and even silly, but it’s good to make decisions like real artists do.

5. Third Slide

Slide and trace the last object.

6. Glue them Down

Glue the object that is behind the others first. Probably the tall one.

T I P: If the glue isn’t sticking to overlapping papers, help them cut at least enough of the underlying object away so that the glue can stick to the background instead of the oil pastels that cover the underlying object.

7. Sign the Work!

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STEP 6. Cartoon Objects

Students will draw their still life objects as cartoons.

25 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • 8.5″ x 11″ white copy paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Markers
  • Toon parts PDF

1. Provide Toon PDF

P R I N T
Toon Reference – 2 pages

Tap the image to open the pdf in a new tab or window. Have enough so each student can view one.

2. Choose One Object

They can get a new object if they want. It doesn’t have to be one they already used.

3. Use Pencil for Cartoon

Draw the object as a silly fun cartoon!

4. Color with Markers

5. Outline in Black or Colors

6. Add Signature

7. Repeat!

Artists should do as many of these as time allows.

Here’s a fun alternative idea: encourage artists to pair up and trade their drawings back and forth to get a crazy creature cartoon.

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STEP 7. Clean Up

Everyone helps.

2 Minutes

M A T E R I A L S

  • Paper towels

1. Clean up checklist:

 Super wash brushes

• Empty water containers

• Put art supplies away (sop up runny paint before disposing of palette paper)

• Wipe tables & clean up trash

• Remove smocks

• Collect &/or distribute artwork – NAMES

• Check for personal items on tables and floors

2. Take photos of artwork!

3. Make sure you see the kids connect with parents and tell them about the class if you can!

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G A L L E R Y

Student Work • Tap to open - Scroll to view - Pinch to zoom

 

To come

T E A C H T O O L S

Everything you need to make your lesson work

  1. Practice and improvement in arranging elements in a composition
  2. Understanding how an artist make decisions and is in control of their work
  3. Accomplishment in creating both serious and whimsical artworks today
  4. Fulfillment by having creative control over items, colors, composition, and ideas

Be on the lookout for

Crazy complicated edges The still life objects should be easy to cut out.

Tape tearing – The corner tape bits can tear the corners off, so help students take these off.

• Composition– Deciding where things go and what they will look like in an artwork. Size, color, placement, and contrast are elements that are used in composition.

Tip of the day: Always make a rough cut before actually cutting out anything. Getting rid of the excess paper (which may have other drawing on it), helps greatly in accuracy, and preventing accidents.
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F O C U S

Each bar represents how much of the lesson involves that kind of training.
Insights for the brain – Techniques for the hand – Expression for the heart

Insights
Techniques
Expression

P R E P A R A T I O N

Print your Prep-Page

Tap the circle graphic to open the ArtSquish Prep-Page PDF in a new window.  – includes the Checklist, Roomprep, and a Lesson-at-a-glance overview.

R O O M P R E P : Find still life objects and have them all displayed on a table or counter for choosing. Have a wide variety, but not too many objects that makes it overwhelming to make a decision. Use toys, vegetables, fruit, vessels, flowers, etc.

M A T E R I A L S

  • 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper
  • 11″ x 17″ copy paper
  • 4B pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers and/or oil pastels Blenders (stumps)
  • Paper towels
  • Still Life Items
  • Colored Paper
  • Safety Scissors
  • PDF printouts
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P R E V I E W

Week #38: Group Project & Party
LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL YEAR
May 22 – 26

For our final lesson of Year A, we’ll be making and decorating a big box party bus! It’s great fun and a way to work together.

I N F O R M

Use this button to view our parent blog. Share the link: http://parentart.org so your student’s parents can read about the lesson each week.

About The Author

Dennas Davis

Dennas is the founder of Firstlight Arts Academy in Nashville, and also of The Art Instructor (formerly ArtSquish). He has been designing, painting, illustrating and teaching in various combinations since he learned how to hold a crayon. He is the illustrator of 24 children's books with over 5 million in print worldwide. See his paintings at http://dennasd.com

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