6th Grade Value and Still Life Activity

Pumpkin Painting Step 3I continue to work on lesson for my sixth grade students.  This lesson uses value and a still life drawing.  As part of the lesson I want my students to really think about the process of creating art.  So over the course of five days they also reflect on using materials and determining what they are going to do next.  I have ten different questions for my students; some of the questions that I ask them include:

Value Scale by Christy Berry

Value Scale by Christy Berry

  • “What did you like or not like about using the tools you used today?  Why do you say that?”
  • “What does it mean to have quality craftsmanship in your artwork?  Why do you say this?”
  • “Describe the artistic process in creating your artwork from start to finish.”

For different seasons I have them draw some sort of plant; for fall it’s a pumpkin, winter is a poinsettia, and the spring it is a flowering plant or house plant.  After students create their piece I have them write an artist statement.  This is attached to the artwork.

I have the full lesson for sale at TeachersPayTeachers.  Here is a description of my lesson:

Poinsettia Painting by Christy Berry

Poinsettia Painting by Christy Berry

This five day lesson will have sixth grade students create a value scale and experiment with pencils; work with a sketch and wash pencil, and watercolor paint.  Students will develop and apply critical and reflective thinking while creating their artwork, understand the qualities of materials, produce a final product for exhibit. The unit includes a Common Core Standard, five sixth grade Michigan Visual Art Benchmarks and Standards, assessment, lesson plan, three teacher examples (pumpkin, plant, and sketchbook pencil use), artist statement form, and a student rubric.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

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Sketchbook Unit/Elements of Art

It has been sometime since I last posted.  I have been working on paintings and writing lesson plans plus surviving being pregnant.  I will post some of my paintings soon.

One of the lessons that I have been diligently working on is a lesson geared for my sixth grade students.  I want my middle school students to have a strong foundation in the knowledge of the elements of art.  While I was working on my masters I did a research paper on connecting visuals and vocabulary words.  The short of a long paper is that my students who connected an image, vocabulary word, definition, and words associated with the image remembered the definition more than those students who did not.  So that brings me to my lesson for my sixth grade students.

Texture Element of Art by Christy Berry

Texture Element of Art by Christy Berry

This lesson is also for the beginning of the trimester.  The hidden curriculum is teaching them how to use the different media and clean up procedures.  I also want them to be able to have their own reference pages with definitions in their sketchbook.

This is the description for my lesson from teachers pay teachers:

This lesson plan unit includes eight projects that focus on different types of media and the elements of art. The benchmarks mentioned are for sixth grade students; however, this lesson could be adapted to any level. The unit includes the following: Michigan art benchmarks and standards, assessment, vocabulary list, material list, reference list, step by step instructions, student rubric, and teacher sample page.  In this lesson students will learn about the elements of art and different types of basic art materials used for drawing/painting. Students connect art words and definitions to images to represent the elements of art.

Please click on the link to connect to the lesson plan Sketchbook Unit/Elements of Art.

Artfully,

Mrs. Berry

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