I felt these lessons had three potential audiences:
- Classroom art teachers who work with a broad selection of students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Those who have a mix of advanced, regular, and special needs students in the same room.
- Subs who come in for long-term coverage who have little background in art.
I know from my experience teaching in a K-12 school that the same lesson can often be taught at all levels. The lesson needs to be differentiated, but the main nugget of what is being taught, can be applied to all students.
For example, I have a sculpture lesson that can be applied to all levels of students and connects with service learning. Here is a sample image.
Lower Elementary (K-2):
Without sketching, have students create items of food from pipe cleaners or other soft wire. These can be glued to a paper plate. Have a discussion about hunger and create a bulletin board about a hunger issue and display artwork.
Have students complete the worksheet (one is provided within the book) to generate ideas. If they are unable to access the internet, have hunger facts in a bucket for them to pick from. Using soft wire, students create a place setting and write a hunger fact on the plate or the placemat. Display in the school lunchroom or library. If possible collect non-perishable items for a local charity or food pantry.
Middle School (6-8):
Same as above, if possible, allow students to research facts about hunger in the local area, state, national, or international community. They should list facts so facts are not repeated. Students should also create eating utensils. Work can be displayed on a paper plate and placemat with their fact on the border. Use rulers to draw a border as in the example work.
Students should sketch as above, encourage more detail, utensils, drinks, and other items for the table like salt and pepper, candles, etc. then display artwork. Students could use lettering templates for the facts. Working on a larger school display, and coordinating with a local food bank can add to this project.
Students could be paired with their peers to create additional items for a display that would be more challenging. Decorative cake, candelabra, serving dishes, etc. This could be done as a school-wide service project across multiple grade levels.
I even went so far as to make tons of video tutorials to support these lessons. You can find them on my YouTube Channel: www.goo.gl/PnEdxM
(One in full color, one in black and white)
The version is for long term subs who may have little or no knowledge of art looks like this: (One in full color, one in black and white)
All of these titles are available on Amazon, but if you'd like 30% off, head over to Firehouse Publications and use their Paypal links. Only the Extended Leave book comes in an ebook version on Amazon and iBooks. Because both contain the same 50 lessons, there was no real need to make an additional ebook.