Introduce students to sculpture with this 3D art lesson that focuses on the color green and space as an element of art. Students create three-dimensional elements from strips of green paper for this open-ended sculpture activity. It can be used any time of year, but in March, students can be prompted to create a playground for leprechauns and use their art work as a writing prompt.
Very little prep is required for this activity, which requires only construction paper, scissors and glue.
Teacher resources and writing activities are included.
This lesson includes the following:
– national visual arts standards information
– list of art concepts and skills addressed
– a list of materials needed
– targeted art and related vocabulary
– suggestions for observing photos of sculpture
– detailed steps for introducing the lesson
– directions for art-making
– ideas for extending or varying the lesson
– ideas for looking at and discussing student art
– suggestions for writing extensions
– photographs of student art work for reference
Included in this resource:
• ideas for making 3D paper elements
• two art reflection worksheets, one for emergent writers and one for independent writers
• two worksheets for comparing humans and leprechauns
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
St. Patrick’s Day Writing Draw and Write — an engaging quick writing activity.
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start with Art — introducing the elements of art
Art Task Cards — for early finishers or art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids and Share2Learn lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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