Renée Erwin, Art Educator

Lesson Plans with Student Exemplars

Lesson Title: Clay Owls-Relief Sculpture

Grade: 3

Enduring/Big Idea: Humans and Nature. Throughout time and across cultures, artists have been inspired by the natural world.

Lesson Summary: Students will create relief owl sculptures from clay as they explore the connection between humans and nature. The teacher will guide the class through cutting, scoring, creating slip, and joining elements and coils to create their owl. Students will ultimately glaze their owls with warm and cool colors. Students will also grow to understand the difference between relief and freestanding sculpture.

Rationale: Observing and appreciating creatures in our natural world helps us valure how all living things are connected.

Key Concepts:

Through sculpture, artists can share the connection between humans and nature.

A relief sculpture is different than a freestanding sculpture.

Essential Questions:

How can artists share the connection betwen humans and nature through sculpture?

In what ways are relief sculptures different than freestanding sculptures?

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Please email me for complete lesson plan with links to supplementary learning tools. rwill380@live.kutztown.edu

Student Artwork, Multi-Media Art Program, 2018

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Grade 3 student work. Colebrookdale Elementary School, Boyertown SD.

Lesson Title: Patterned Pumpkins

Grade: 2

Enduring/Big Idea: Creativity. There are different patterns in art and the natural world.

Lesson Summary: Students will exlore creativity through patterns. Students will explore how contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusamma, creates patterns using repeating lines and shapes. Students will create a pumpkin and design patterns using oil pastel that fills the object, sky, and ground. Students will use primary tempera colors to mix secondary colors to develop a resist painting over the oil pastel.

Rationale: Students will become aware of the patterns artists create and apply to their work and how patterns can add interest to an artwork.

Key Concepts:

Artists use lines and shapes to create patterns in their artwork.

Patterns applied to artwork can hold the attention of the viewer..

Essential Questions:

When have you seen artists use lines and shapes to create patterns?

What kinds of patterns grab your attention?

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Please email me for complete lesson plan with links to supplementary learning tools. rwill380@live.kutztown.edu

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Grade 2 student work. Earl Elementary School, Boyertown SD.

Lesson Title: Foam Printing Series, Organic and Geometric Patterns in Nature

Grade: 4

Enduring/Big Idea: Throughout time and across cultures, artists have experimented with art media.

Lesson Summary: Students will create a nature-inspired design on scratch-foam. Students will use acetate and dry erase markers to practice creating the organic and geometric patterns they see on teacher supplied images from nature. Students will then create their own design with the help of a teacher-supplied nature pattern handout for inspiration. The plate design will be divided into four shapes. Each space will contain a different pattern.

Students transfer their design onto the foam free-hand and begin to carve lines, varying the weight. Students will produce artist proofs (2) on copy paper. Students will make any necessary revisions to their plate after evaluating the artist proofs. Once plate revisions are made students will then print their plate using brayers and black speedball ink onto four different colored papers. When prints have dried students will work into their dried final prints with oil pastel implementing mark-making techniques that emphasize the various organic and geometric shapes of their design. In summation, students will arrange their four multi-media prints onto a 12”x18” piece of black paper.


Rationale: Patterns of organic and geometric shapes in nature can influence and inspire our artwork.

Key Concepts:

Artists are inspired by patterns in nature.

Artists experiment with various media to share their discoveries with the viewer.

Essential Questions:

Name a pattern you have observed in nature.

How could you share your discoveries of patterns in nature with your community?

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Please email me for complete lesson plan with links to supplementary learning tools. rwill380@live.kutztown.edu

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Grade 4 student work.

Souderton Collaborative Charter School