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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Beautiful Oops

Created on October 28, 2013 by akniskern

This is the first lesson I teach every year. My goal is for children to learn that we can learn from our mistakes-important not only in the art room these days! They make a work of art from someone's "oops."

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3 sessions; 30 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create a picture using a variety of materials.
2. SWBAT listen to a story by Barney Saltzberg and discuss the meaning of the story and how it applies to art making.
3. SWBAT create a work of art using their imagination.

1. A Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
2. A box labeled "oops box" with leftover scraps
3. Paper
4. Colored pencils, pencils, crayons, paints, scissors, glue (whatever materials you wish to use)

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1. Read A Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg.
2. Discuss the story-are mistakes okay to make? Why?
3. Have students close their eyes and pick an "oops" from the oops box.
-Let them think about what they can turn their oops into, then let them get started.
4. Encourage students to create a picture using their oops as the source of inspiration.
5. Have students name their oops.
-For Kindergarten students, I go around and ask them the title and write it on their paper.
-For older students, we make artist statements.
-Artist statements: title, artist's name, a sentence on how you created your oops.

Students will be assessed on how they used their imagination to create their oops via the attached rubric. Can be adapted per grade level.

-Video of Barney Saltzberg reading his story and doing a demonstration on how to make an Oops.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Color/Value, Line, Shape, Texture

Acrylic, Collage, Colored Pencil, Crayon, Mixed Media, Painting, Paper, Pastel

English/Language Arts