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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Monstrous Art Materials

Created on May 07, 2013 by MrsImpey

Have a lot of huge cardboard tubes laying around? Have students create large scale replicas of art materials, like crayons, markers and paint brushes, must like Claes Oldensburg and his huge sculptures!

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3 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT design a large scale replica of an art material.
2. SWBAT identify artwork by Claes Oldenburg.

1. Large cardboard tubes
2. Tempera/acrylic paint
3. Construction paper
4. Scissors
5. Hot glue
6. Markers

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This project can be as in depth or as easy as you'd like. I did this with my after school art club and it took us two 40 minute periods after school.

1. Paint the cardboard tube whatever color you want it to be.
2. Use construction paper or more paint to paint a label.
3. Create a cone to glue onto the tip if making a crayon.

*** To make more advanced, have students design their own crayon label, company and color.


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

[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices

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

[5-8] Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

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

[5-8] Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art

Claes Oldenburg

Pop Art



  • lhARTz 05/28/2013 at 12:42pm
    I happen to have a ton of these tubes and had no idea what to do with them. How fun! I love this idea! Thanks!

  • RuthByrne 06/06/2013 at 12:34pm
    Smart and adorable.

  • Eponine24601 06/18/2013 at 02:53am
    This is a great idea! :) I think I may have my art club students do this next year to decorate the classroom!

  • MrsLee 11/19/2014 at 06:09pm
    We did the giant crayons in grade 4/5, huge success!