This project helps students review tornado safety information and use that information in the creation of a mixed media artwork.
2 sessions; 40 minutes per session
1.The students will learn about tornadoes and tornado safety tips.
2.The students will cut geometric shapes from construction paper.
3.The students will tear organic shapes from construction paper.
4.The students will create a mixed media artwork depicting a house, a tornado, and a tornado safety tip.
1. 9x12 inch gray construction paper
2. 6x9 inch black construction paper
3. Newspaper- I cut each page into quarters
4. Primary colored tempera paint
9. Color Sticks or colored pencils
1. Assess prior knowledge/review tornado safety procedures for school and home
• Stay alert about dangerous weather.
• Have a plan for what to do in a tornado.
• Go to a basement or interior room.
• Stay away from windows.
• If you can’t get inside, find a ditch, lie down, and cover your head.
• If you are in a car, get out and seek shelter.
2. View and discuss 2 artworks featuring tornadoes: John Steuart Curry’s Tornado Over Kansas and Alexis Rockman’s Blue Tornado.
3. Explain the assignment to the students and demonstrate the process.
-Talk about geometric shapes that are sometimes used to draw houses.
-Demonstrate how squares and rectangles can be painted to make the base of houses and newspaper can be cut into triangles and glued on the paper to form a house. Newspaper can also be used to cut doors and windows.
4. Students create houses on their paper with tempera paint and newspaper.
-Remind them not to make the houses too big or the tornadoes in the next class will cover them.
5. Review information from Day 1.
-Look at images of tornadoes, focusing on shape
6. Demonstrate tearing a tornado shape
-Tear a piece of 6x9 inch black construction paper into a tornado shape by orienting the paper vertically and using thumbs and pointer fingers to control the tear.
-If the students cannot tear the tornado in one piece, multiple pieces can be put together to form a tornado.
7. Glue tornado to background, trying not to totally cover the house.
8. Use a white writing utensil to write a safety tip (in the students' own words) on top of their tornado.
9. Use any remaining time to add details to the background with crayons or color stick/colored pencil.
10. Tear a large tornado shape from butcher paper and label with "Tornadoes Are"
11. Students think of words that can describe a tornado and write them on the large paper
12. Large paper tornado can be displayed in hallway with artwork.
1. Did the student use geometric shapes to form a house?
2. Did the student tear paper into an organic shape for a tornado?
3. Did the student write a