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A Valentine lesson using various Styles of Media to create Heart-Themed Art
K, 2, 1
By – Christy Zoulek
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Multidisciplinary
Grade Level – K-2
Concept / Topic To Teach: What does it mean when an artist creates a series of works of art?
Standards Addressed: National Visual Art Standards:
Content Standard: 1. Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
* Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
* Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
* Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
* Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
Objectives: Students will use a variety and styles of media to create a series of works, using the heart shape as a unifying theme
Required Materials: paint (watercolors or tempera), pastels, chalk, markers, colored pencils, crayons, 6X9 paper, 18X12 paper.
Optional: laminated and cut-out poster-board heart shapes
Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): View and discuss a number of artworks that exist within a series of works. Examples include: Camouflage screen prints by Andy Warhol, and the heart prints of Jim Dine
1) View and discuss the heart prints of Jim Dine.
2) Give each student 4 6X9 papers, folded in half together. They need to cut a heart out of these, (preferably all at once, so that all 4 hearts are the same. Kindergarteners had to “use their muscles” to cut, but accomplished the task – some may need a guide line drawn to cut along to create a heart).
3) Using a variety of materials, students must create 4 very different hearts – covering the entire heart surface with media.
4) All four hearts may be mounted separately, or mounted to one 12X18 construction paper.
Optional: Rather than have students cut-out separate hearts, a laminated heart shape may be painted on, and then printed onto paper. The heart shape is then easy to wipe off, and the process repeated to create a series of heart prints
Closure: (Reflect Anticipatory Set): At the end of the project, hang as many of the works as possible, and discuss that each student made their own series of hearts. The class as a whole also made a series together of heart-art.
Assessment Based On Objectives: Have students successfully created a series of artworks, incorporating variety by using different media and styles, and unity by using the same shape repeatedly?
Adaptations and Extensions: This project can be successfully completed by children of all abilities.
Possible Connections To Other Subjects: Connections to:
Physical Education during Jump Rope for Heart – display to help publicize the event
Social Studies: Discuss the symbolism behind the heart shape and how it has similar or different meanings in different cultures
Math: Students cutting out their own hearts explore reflection and symmetry.
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