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."
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
4. Colored pencils, pencils, crayons, paints, scissors, glue (whatever materials you wish to use)
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.