Students learn about caring for the ocean through the reading of Somebody Swallowed Stanley.
Students practice artistic techniques in their own artwork.
Students are taking climate action through the awareness created in their artworks.
This is lesson 3 of 3 in our K-2nd grade Emotive Art unit.
Teacher will need to decide on artwork materials to be used and organize them prior to the lesson.
The artistic format is open for the teacher to decide based on student abilities and prior knowledge.
Students can be supported in the creation of the artwork by having examples on display or pre-cutting collaging materials if this mode is chosen.
Students could add their own descriptions to their artworks.
This lesson allows students to learn about how to create an appealing piece of art to communicate the impact of environmental degradation by human activities and to also lead in climate action. On that account, this lesson is recommended for teaching.
Teacher reads the picture book Somebody Swallowed Stanley out loud to the students. A copy may be borrowed from the library.
Before reading, teacher tells the students that they will be focusing on what lesson the picture book is telling us and how the illustrations help teach that lesson.
During reading, teacher pauses to discuss how swallowing Stanley affected each of the animals.
After reading, teacher discusses the lesson in the book. Teacher flicks back through the book, pausing to discuss the colors and emotions expressed by Stanley and the animals that helped teach the lesson.
Teacher can choose the artistic materials, style, and skills for students to create their artworks from the ideas below.
Teacher can allow students to continue to develop their watercolor techniques or collaging techniques from the previous lessons or create the artwork using mixed media.
Watercolor artworks: Teacher can guide students by creating a Stanley outline for students to paint using chosen colors. Students can also add their own animals and ocean scenes to the artwork.
Collaging artworks: Teacher can include materials for the students to collage such as magazine cutouts, tissue paper, recycled paper, and soft
plastics for students to use to create their artworks.
Mixed media artworks: Teacher can guide students through the exploration of mixed media by creating an artwork using tempera or acrylic paint, oil pastels, and chalk pastels.
Students create a background using tempera or acrylic paint by blending different colors.
The next day or lesson, teacher can demonstrate the difference between oil and chalk pastels. The students can draw in Stanley using chalk pastels.
Students can then add other details to their artworks with the oil pastels.
Teacher creates an example with the students, discussing the colors chosen to share a message in the art piece.
Students create their own artworks about oceans by implementing the techniques learnt over the previous lessons.
Students share artworks with an audience to create awareness of the issue and to share the student’s developed artistic techniques.
What Do We Feel? (Emotive Art #1)
This lesson engages students with identifying their own emotions through responding to artworks with body language, facial expressions, and their own artwork.
Duration: 50 minutes
Subjects: Art, Social-Emotional Learning
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd
Type: Lesson Plan