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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Created on October 02, 2012 by lightARTed

Students read the book, "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" by Tommie dePaola and create a series of Indian paintbrush flowers using watercolor.

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3 sessions; 50 minutes per session

1. Students will understand what an illustrator does through the work of Tomie dePaola.

2. Students will demonstrate paint brush techniques in the creation of an Indian paintbrush wildflower.

3. Students will understand what a legend is in literature and write their own legend about how their wildflower flower got its name.

Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, by Tomie dePaola
Teacher-made PowerPoint
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor and brushes
Writing Paper
various pictures of wildflowers and their names

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Class 1 and 2
1. Read the story Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, by Tomie dePaola

2.Show PowerPoint of actual flowers, demonstrate brush stroke technique to create the flowers.

3. Students paint 3 paintbrush flowers on 3 different pieces of paper.

Classes 3-6
After having created their Indian Paintbrush flowers students choose a different wildflower and write a legend about how that flower got its name. They may then create another watercolor painting to go with it. Art teachers may want to involve classroom teachers to do the writing portion or if their is access to laptops or a computer lab allow students to write stories on the computer. For younger grades: while students are painting you may want to have one student at a time dictate to you their story.

Pictures shown here were made by Kindergartners.


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 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 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

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

Indigenous American Art



Geography, English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Multicultural Studies, Technology

  • Hope200 05/19/2013 at 04:53am
    This lesson is a favorite of mine, too. I introduce watercolors to the students after reading the book.