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Still having a great time… the kids constantly suprise me, and it’s so much fun to be able to work with kids purely for enjoyment and not be held accountable for reading test scores, etc.  I have kind of gotten into a groove and I can tell the majority of students really like making the art projects. Total time invested so far  (just time spent at the school, that doesn’t count time spent driving to acquire donations, shopping at SCRAP, typing plans at home etc.) : 55 hours

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art 021A "Ghost Castle" made by an eager 5th grader. The result is 2 pieces of art in one. I like how it was easy to tie into last week's study of shape, too.

A "Ghost Castle" made by an eager 5th grader. The result is 2 pieces of art in one. I like how it was easy to tie into last week's study of shape, too.

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week  4   Grade   4/5

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of Art: Texture

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: glue sticks, scissors, lot of scraps of paper (construction paper or cardstock would work well), one piece of backer paper per kid, one piece of thin copy paper per kid, wide wrapperless crayons.

Students will be able to understand the appearance/use of texture in artworks and create the illusion of texture in their own art.

Vocabulary: texture, real, illusion, surface

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This student decided to use the same color for each section, but switch the texture.  A successful artistic choice!

This student decided to use the same color for each section, but switch the texture. A successful artistic choice!

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week   4  Grade  2/3

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of Art: Texture

Cost per student: $.04

Materials: thick crayons sans wrappers, lots of textured objects (suggestions include mesh onion bags, wall paper samples, upholstery samples, lace, sandpaper, tiles, etc), thin paper (like copy weight, not construction paper), permanent markers

Students will be able to understand the appearance/use of texture in artworks and create the illusion of texture in their own art.

Vocabulary: texture, real, illusion, surface

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art 023A framed piece of kindergarten texture art.

A framed piece of kindergarten texture art.

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week  4   Grade  K/1

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of Art: Texture

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: thick crayons sans wrappers, lots of textured objects (suggestions include mesh onion bags, wall paper samples, upholstery samples, lace, sandpaper, tiles, etc), thin paper (like copy weight, not construction paper)

Students will be able to understand the appearance/use of texture in artworks and create the illusion of texture in their own art.

Vocabulary: texture, real, illusion, surface

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week  5   Grade   2/3

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of art: Color

Cost per student: $.06

Materials: chalk pastels (3 per student: red, blue, and yellow), 12+ little water dishes, black paper, sheets of newspaper, fixative (I scored several half full bottles at Scrap; good old Aqua Net works just fine too), primary colored acetate, scrap paper, pencils

Prep: I used the die cut machine to cut out tons of “O” shapes out of old scrap paper. I sandwiched a red, yellow or blue piece of acetate in between 2 Os and stapled around the edges; I made enough for each student to have one of each color to visually practice color mixing.

Students will be able to: identify primary and secondary colors, mix secondary colors

Vocabulary: primary, secondary, color

Definition: the hue, value and intensity of an object seen by the human eye

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During the first week of class, the second, third, fourth and fifth graders answered a written survey about their opinions and ideas about art. Here are some results I found interesting:

Kids who say they are Often or Always good at art (as opposed to sometimes or never):

2nd grade: 50%

3rd grade: 50%

4th grade: 36%

5th grade: 61%

Total percentage of students who say they Often or Always like to make new things out of old materials:

57% of students in grades 2-5.

I am hoping that this year of art brings those numbers up a little. I intend to repeat this survey at Winter Break and right before the last week of school in May.

art 038Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week 4    Grade   4/5

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of art: Color

Cost per student: $.18 (please note that includes 3 whole bottles of paint and brushes that can be used long after this lesson)

Materials: Yellow, blue and red tempera, plastic lids for palettes, dish soap, paintbrushes, cups of water, pencils, paper, old newspaper to cover desks, paint chips in about 24 different primary and secondary colors (mine are like cards, about 2” square), old misprint labels, 1 large piece of paper for color chart.

Students will be able to: identify primary colors, identify and mix secondary and tertiary colors

Vocabulary: primary, secondary, tertiary, color

Definition: the hue, value and intensity of an object seen by the human eye

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