PASTEL PALMS ART PROJECT LESSON PLAN WITH VIDEO GUIDE GRADES 4-8
Pastel Palms is a comprehensive art lesson plan to guide your next art project in grades 4-8, using chalk pastels and thick body PVA glue. Includes a PDF teaching support document and the instructional video that demonstrates every step, supporting students with creating their minimalist palm tree drawing, using the element of LINE, SHAPE, TEXTURE & SPACE. Created with students aged 8-11, this lesson plan is aimed at grade 4, grade 5 and grade 6 and middle school students.
Use with upper elementary learners in a series of consecutive lessons. Encourage students to follow choice options and create their unique minimalist palm tree artwork, while being guided by the demonstrations in the video.
*New Zealand teacher alert! This lesson plan is inspired by the Nikau Palm tree indigenous to New Zealand.
This lesson plan focuses on:
- SHAPE - to structure your simplified image
- LINE - to define & decorate your simplified image
- TEXTURE - created with raised outlines and patterning
- SPACE - layer leaves and other elements of choice
- FORM is also explored through the use of COLOUR/ COLOR values to transform flat 2D shapes into 3D forms with shadow and light
- Research through observational drawing and explore abstraction, simplification, and the media of chalk pastels & glue
Printables and a drawing guide presentation have been included in the PDF teaching guide.
Teaching this lesson can be a meaningful art project to support students in gaining and sharing their conceptual understandings for chalk pastel & PVA glue techniques, as well as structuring drawings with LINE and SHAPE.
This art project connects to inquiries in Plants, Trees, Forest habitats, Island habitats, Summer and Holidays
View my BLUE NIKAU pdf art lesson plan (LINK HERE)
This is a fully narrated video tutorial that demonstrates all drawing steps in real time.
Benefits of using a video lesson:
- The lesson has already been tested
- All steps are viewable from start to finish
- Techniques are demonstrated
- Rewind and rewatch as many times as needed
- Narrated explanation adds depth to understanding art theories
- Its like having an art specialist in your classroom or home
- Encourages independence in learners and self management
- Allows for students to work at their individual pace
- Hosted on YouTube (unlisted) and accessed from the link in the PDF support document
- Not cluttering up your hard drive
- Added benefit of PL in Visual Art teaching for the purchasing classroom teacher
- Includes a PDF lesson companion with support information
- Lockdown Remote Teaching: Limited permission is granted for the purchasing teacher only, to live stream through screen sharing with their class, strictly limited for remote teaching during a government mandated lockdown
Stream the video lesson through a large screen for your students to follow along, pausing in places for them to complete the steps at their own pace, or rewind and rewatch when needed.
This method can also offer time for opportunities to explore student responses or modifications, bringing personal creative ideas to the tutorial. Addresses the Viewing & Responding to artwork concepts.
And the added benefit of Professional Development, in the area of teaching Visual Art, for classroom teachers
Suits: most upper primary/ elementary grades and middle school.
Children will: learn to simplify images into their basic shapes, and work with chalk pastels and PVA glue techniques.
Learning intentions include: Research, Observational drawings, View and apply learnings from video tutorials, Abstract, enlarge and simplify, Apply personal choices or make modifications, Technical skills of drawing, then tracing thin glue outlines with accuracy (fine-motor development), Use colour/color with purpose (to enhance FORM, shade and light), Make artistic choices within context limits, Respond to art created by artists and by my friends, Reflect on knowledge, skills, artwork and progress. Show an understanding for the ELEMENTS of ART.
Media demonstrated: Heavy body PVA glue and chalk pastels
Materials used: A3* black art paper (not smooth), drawing pencil, thin nozzle PVA glue dispensers and chalk pastels (optional: spray fixative)
*A4 = 8.5 by 11 inches (215.9 by 279.4 mm) A3 = double A4
The video preview is a very short clip from the actual resource to give you an idea of my teaching style. I am both a general ed classroom teacher and currently practicing as a Visual Art and Digital Media specialist educator, teaching students from ages 4-12, at a primary school.
Also included in the support documents are:
- Learning Intentions for the IB PYP and NZC at level 3 / Phase 3 but these will closely match LO's from other art curriculums.
- Student Voice reflection/ assessment guides
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