Curriculum: Art

Fish Collages

Exploring color and pattern through collage, this lesson was produced by a college student majoring in Art Education.

Paper Sculpture Habitats

Paper Sculpture Habitats

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
Elementary students design their own mix and matched animals, using a lesson framework that emphasizes transformation, then they create an entire ecosystem for them using 3-dimensional collage materials.

This lesson accompanies the following additional lessons:
"Clay for Fun"
"Cranimals in 3D"
"Creating a Cranimal"

Radiant Baby

This lesson, designed specifically for the New York City musical that chronicles Keith Haring's life, "Radiant Baby", takes students through pre and post musical writing & art assignments in an effort to help students realize their life goals and a path towards self-accomplishment.

Clay for Fun: An Introduction to Clay

Clay for Fun: An Introduction to Clay

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
Elementary students experiment with clay before making their own imaginary animals.

This lesson accompanies the following additional lessons:
"Creating a Cranimal"
"Cranimals in 3D"
"Paper Sculpture Habitats"

Research and Remedies

Research and Remedies

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
What if a cure existed for: AIDS? Hunger? Poverty? Racism? Pollution? Corruption?
What would it look like? How can knowledge or understanding function as a cure?

Mixing Up Magic

Mixing Up Magic

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
This lesson is designed to allow students to experiment with the roles of scientists and graphic designers. Students will design a magic potion. The lesson gives students a chance to practice math and science skills such as mixing and measuring while learning about color, and design.

Texture: Wild Things

Texture: Wild Things

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
This lesson is part one of a three lesson unit designed to teach young students (first or second grade) about various types of line, and pattern. This lesson allows children to learn how illustrators apply their knowledge of line and shading techniques to denote texture.

Pattern and Shading

Pattern and Shading

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
This lesson is part two of a three lesson unit designed to teach young students (first or second grade) about various types of line, and pattern . Students will build upon their previous knowledge of line to develop an awareness of pattern and shading.

Lines: Invisible Journeys

Lines: Invisible Journeys

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
This lesson is part one of a three lesson unit designed to teach young students (first or second grade) about various types of line, and texture. This lesson places emphasis on the movement students use to create lines by having them create visual roadmaps and follow them with gesture. The magic of their gesture will be reinforced as their invisible journeys are revealed to them through the technique of wax resist.

Crayon Rubbing Flip Book

Crayon Rubbing Flip Book

THIS LESSON USES THE NYC BLUEPRINT LEARNING STANDARDS.
This flip book lesson is designed to make learning about animation a more tactile, fun experience for young learners by eliminating tracing and bringing the line to life. Students will use their hands to gradually bend and reshape a line (floral wire), while recording this experience using crayon rubbings. The sequential crayon rubbings will become frames for their flip book.

This lesson is originally designed to accompany a math lesson about closed shapes, giving students an experience with the formation of flat sides, curves, and angles.