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- ZENTANGLE WHALE TAIL with VIDEO GUIDE for grades 4-8
ZENTANGLE WHALE TAIL with VIDEO GUIDE for grades 4-8
ZENTANGLES WHALE TAILS is a comprehensive art lesson plan to guide your next art project in grades 4-8, using black permanent markers and paints. Includes a PDF teaching support document and the instructional video that demonstrates every step, supporting students with creating their unique whale drawings and paintings, while using the element of LINE, SHAPE, TEXTURE & SPACE. Created with students aged 9-10, this lesson plan is aimed at grade 4, grade 5, 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 WHALE TAIL art and zentangle patterns, while being guided by the demonstrations in the video.
This lesson plan focuses on:
- SHAPE - to structure your whale tail and waves
- LINE - to define & decorate your whale tail
- TEXTURE - created with zentangle patterning and painting techniques
- SPACE - layer elements
- Research through observational drawing and explore line patterning
Hand outs and drawing guides 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 patterning, wet-in-wet painting techniques, as well as structuring drawings with LINE and SHAPE.
Use this lesson to support & extend learning in an inquiry unit based around Earth Day, Conservation, or Our Ocean and its Creatures - How The World Works or Sharing the Planet (IB PYP). Assessment links and guides have been provided for NZC Level 3 and IB PYP phase 3
You can also view my WHALE ZENTANGLE art lesson plan (LINK HERE)
This is a fully narrated video tutorial resource 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 bonus 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 draw whale tails, waves and line patterns, then work with wet-in-wet painting techniques
Learning intentions include: Research, Observational drawings, View and apply learnings from video tutorials, Enlarge plan for artwork, Apply personal choices or make modifications, Technical skills of drawing patterns with accuracy (fine-motor development), Use colour with purpose (to enhance water quality, using 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: paints and black permanent markers
Materials used: A3* art paper, drawing pencil, pan or liquid water colours, acrylic paints, markers of different tip thickness
*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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