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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Art of India

Created on May 30, 2015 by GypsyArt

Mixed Media project for the study of India

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1. Investigates and discovers the personal relationship of artists to community, culture, & world through making & studying art.
2. Explores and articulates ideas and universal themes from diverse cultures of the past and present.
3. Discusses the purpose of art in a variety of world cultures.
4. The student creates artworks emphasizing one or more elements of art (e.g., color, line, shape, form, and texture).
5. Creates art emphasizing one or more principles of design.
6. The student understands and applies media, techniques, and processes of two-dimensional art processes (drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media).
7. Creates drawings with a variety of media.

1.Map showing India in relation to the U.S.,
K-2nd: Pictures of Indian art: Henna tattooed hands n(Mehndi), Paper, Pencils, & Crayons.
3rd-5th: Pictures of decorated Indian elephants, Pencils, Paper (variety of kind & colors), Fabric swatches, Scissors, Glue sticks, plastic gems, sequins, Broken jewelry pieces, Construction Paper Crayons, Colored Pencils, Markers

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Week 1: Introduce EQ, standards and vocabulary. Show map of India in relation to where we are in the world.
Week 2: Go over EQ and review vocab. Tell students that we will begin creating our own Indian Art today. Pass out materials needed.
Week 3: Review EQ and vocab. Pass out materials and student artwork that they began last week.
Weeks 4 & 5: Finish artwork. Give K-2nd graders a Rangoli design coloring sheet to color. Give 3rd-5th graders circles to trace for their Rangoli designs.
Teaching Strategies
Week 1: Show Safari Montage video: “Global Wonders: India” to K-2nd graders. Show 4 minute Youtube video: to 3rd-5th graders about the Elephant Festival in India celebrating Holi.
Week 2: Pass out paper and pencils. K-2nd students begin tracing their hands. Guide them through the process. 3rd-5th students will begin drawing elephants.
Weeks 3: Guide students as they continue to work on art.
Weeks 4 & 5: Students continue coloring, embellishing, and completing their art pieces. K-2nd graders color a Rangoli design when finished with Henna hands. When finished with elephants, 3rd-5th graders may design a henna hand or a Rangoli or both.

Self-Assessment Rubric, Reflections in sketchbooks

Safari Montage video: “Global Wonders: India”
Youtube video:


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

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 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art
[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places
[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures

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

Eastern Art

Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Texture, Variety

Mixed Media

Multicultural Studies