(Sample salamander in oil pastel)
Title: Wicked Deadly Red
Topic: zoology, art, working with oil pastels
Goals & Objectives:
- Students will illustrate an accurate depiction of a newt with oil pastels.
- Students will be able to identify characteristics and structures necessary for the survival of a living organism.
Show-Me Standards for Visual Art in The State of Missouri Grade Three
Strand IV: Interdisciplinary Connections, Explain the connections between Visual Art and Communication Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies
Strand I: Product/Performance – Select and apply two-dimensional media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas and solve challenging visual art problems.
- Layer two or more colors using crayon, colored pencil, or oil pastel
Biology Assessment: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, k-12
Strand 3: Characteristic and Interactions of Living Organisms – There is a fundamental unity underlying the diversity of all living organisms
- Plants and animals have different structures that serve similar functions necessary for the survival of the organism
Length of Class Period: 55 min.
Frequency of Class Period: once a week
Time Needed: one class period
Facility & Equipment Requirements:
- One computer lap top
- Room with good lighting
- Large tables, approximately ten, each seating four students
- Two sinks
- Dry erase board
- Drying racks
- Cabinets for storage
- Projector for viewing computer video, CDs and DVDs
- A selection of warm colored oil pastels, red in particular
- Black construction paper
- Power Point presentation about the eastern newt (salamander)
- “The Salamander Room” By Anne Mazer
"Together, parent and child from ELFamily Academy read "The Salamander Room"--the story of a child who turns his room into the perfect habitat for a salamander and other creatures of the forest."
Materials Per Student:
- Each student needs a single piece of black construction paper
- Oil pastels at each table, variety of reds
- Salamander stencils to trace around
- Newt - a common salamander of eastern North America.
- Aquatic Environment - consisting of, relating to, or being in water
- Poisonous - something destructive or fatal
Step-by-Step Studio Activity Specifics:
Phase 1: Clarify goals and establish set
- Students learn about the importance of color in nature.
- Students will learn the methods of application associated with oil pastels.
- Trace around the stencils with a red crayon provided at your table and share patiently with other classmates while the teacher reviews the material about red newts.
- Color your newt with bright red oil pastels and rememer to leave some black spots on his back as well.
- Draw leaves around your salamander and color them in with bright greens or oranges.
- The teacher will supply all of the necessary art supplies to complete the project at each table.
- The teacher will talk to the children about red efts and their biological attributes for defense against predators.
- The teacher will demonstrate to the students how to trace around the salamander stencil and color in the shapes of the leafs and salamander with oil pastel.
Special Needs Adaptations:
Modifications for the hard-of-hearing or deaf student:
- Student will be seated closer to instructor so they will be better equipped to hear instructions or read lips
- Student will be provided with written instructions so that they read about the discussions and demonstrations
- The instructor may use a amplification devise provided by the school or student’s parents
- Modifications for the student with limited vision or blindness:
- Students will be allowed to observe samples of art projects with their hands and for extended periods of time
- Students will be provided with safe tools and one-on-one guidance during a demonstration of the project
- The project may be slightly adjusted to accommodate the student’s limitations or for safety reasons
- Student will be given ample time to exist classroom before large crowds gather outside of the classroom.
- Students will be provided with duplicate instructions for home and school. Student will not need to remember to carry home materials to review.
- Students will be given ample time to exist classroom with a pre-determined aid or peer before the official end of a class.
- Instructor will provide for parent e-mail communication concerning the progress and needs of their student.
- Student may be given special seat assignment in order to enable his participation in class appropriately. Specific peers may be better equipped to articulate projects visually for this student.
Assessment: A standardized rubric will be used to analyze and critique each individual student’s artwork.
Provide extended practice and transfer – Students will be encouraged to create even more projects at home. Materials used during class may be duplicated in their own home. A handout for children to take home and color will be provided.
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