Abstract Art and Dot Day KANDINSKY's GARDEN multi lesson plan Grades 1-3 (collage)
Abstract Art and Dot Day KANDINSKY's GARDEN multi lesson plan for Grades 1-3, introduces students to the wonderful media of paper painting and collage, inspired by the works of Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky - the father of abstraction.
This is a great art unit to combine with literacy learning based on ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds, & inquiry learning themes like: art history, WW1 & 2, innovation, bias vs open-minded, nature, flowers and trees, Dot Day and Earth Day.
A clear and comprehensive photo journal of each step of the process has been provided, along with student and teacher exemplars of work in progress and completed work.
This lesson plan focuses on:
- LINE - identify and use line types in scratch patterns
- SHAPE - identify and use 2D shapes to compose artwork
- COLOUR - identify and use warm and cool colour values, for effect
- ABSTRACT ART - investigate the works of Wassily Kandinsky
Art Skills include: tracing stencils, creating patterns, cutting shapes, composing, gluing.
Enjoy the step-by-step instructions in this lesson, brimming with colour photographs of authentic student work. The examples in this unit were created by 5-7 year olds. Landscape layout suitable for sharing on a large screen.
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Suits: most early primary/ elementary grades and homeschooling families.
Children will: learn to create painted paper and use collage as an art medium
Learning intentions include: Identify lines, shapes and colours in artworks, Use colour values from darkest to lightest, Create painted paper, Use the scratch-back technique to add line patterns, Use circle stencils, Develop technical skills for tracing, cutting, gluing and composing, Respond to art created by artists and by my friends, Reflect on my own knowledge, skills, progress and artwork.
Media demonstrated: painter paper collage
Materials used: paper and paint, scissors, glue, oil pastels
Also included in the PDF document, are:
- Learning Intentions for the IB PYP and NZC at levels 1 & 2 / Phases 1 & 2 but these will closely match LO's from other art curriculums.
- Student Voice reflection/ assessment guides for both levels
- a short intro lesson that builds a collaborative class mural perfect for Dot Day
- 12 line pattern cards
- bulletin board display information about the artist Wassily Kandinsky in the form of a Social Media profile (updated) including posts, images, video links and an autobiography. You can read more about this unit on my blog HERE
- Multiple student worksheet options
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