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Marbling Rainbows on Wooden Eggs

Name of Project: Marbled Rainbows

School/Teacher/Classroom or Arts Organization/Mentor: Samantha Longley and Cora Williams

Grade Level or Age of Participants: 1-4 year olds

MCAD Teaching Artist:  Eleni Leventopoulos

Number of Students: 12 children, accompanied by 1 adult per child


OVERVIEW OF PROJECT

Student will learn a basic marbling technique to make their own rainbow dyed eggs as they learn learn about colour and light.

“BIG IDEAS”/ ESSENTIAL QUESTION(S)

When and why do we see rainbows? What colours are rainbows?

STUDENT OUTCOME OBJECTIVES

Students will:

  1. Learn about nature and the world around them through observation

  2. Use color to create a  rainbow marbled egg

  3. Express creativity through art making


PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Students will need no prior art making knowledge. Any prior rainbow information will be addressed in the nature lesson previous to the art making portion of the day.


LESSON PREPARATION TIMELINE

Before April 2019 - Silverwood instructors outline lesson topics for Green Beans

April 2019 - MCAD TA picks which lesson to shadow and which to teach

April 16 - choose art project

April 23 - outline structure, decide on associated book, choose colouring page, finalize material plan and prep

April 29 - Silverwood preps materials

April 30 - before class: prep shaving cream trays

April 30 - Teaching


EXAMPLES OF ARTWORK

Students are shown an example of a completed project. During the lesson they will watch a live demo of the project.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Story Time book: chosen by Sam, borrowed from library: Peppa Pig and the Easter Rainbow by Candlewick Press

Naturalist lesson about rainbows led by Cora


ASSESSMENT

There is constant feedback of asking students question about what they were taught as well as invitation to share their own experiences. Teachers ask students if they enjoyed the art making that day, why if not, and ask about their favourite part. At the end of the day we ask students what they enjoyed most about the day. After all students have left, teachers meet briefly to discuss how the day went and note adjustments for next week.


MATERIALS

Wood eggs (painted white)

Markers

Shaving cream

Washable paint (red, yellow, blue)

towels (for wiping hands)


LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TIMING

  1. Explore time - participants will play with various puzzles, toys, games, and can do colouring sheets

  2. Clean up - participants help put away explore time materials

  3. Circle time - topic of the day is introduced

  4. Circle time - question of the day: led natualist, question about colour or light, the ‘magic finger’ will point at a participant that then introduces themselves and then answers question

  5. Nature lesson - participants will stay on the rug as Cora leads the nature talk about rainbows

  6. Story time - Teaching Artist reads a story of a related topic

  7. Movement - Classroom instructors lead a movement activity related to the topic

  8. Art time - participants gather on the rug and be shown a finished example of the project. Teaching artist demonstrates step by step

    1. tell students what the project is - paper marbled rainbows!

    2. show finished example

    3. show materials (paper, shaving cream, dye)

    4. first, write name on paper

    5. add some colour to the shaving cream and swirl gently

    6. lay paper on top of shaving cream

    7. peel up and wipe off excess foam

Children take their seats and materials will be passed out

  1. Clean up - hands will be cleaned, papers left to dry

  2. Prep to go outside - put on jackets and boots as needed

  3. Outside time - walk, observe, play a game

  4. Return - head back inside, gather all belongings

TEACHING ARTIST REFLECTION

It will be very helpful, mess wise, to have an accompanying adult ensure that no little one makes too big of a mess. I’ve been in the classroom enough and playing alongside participants and helping out as needed so I don’t think it will be disruptive or jarring to have me lead a lesson.

Stamped Ladybugs

Name of Project: Stamped Ladybugs

School/Teacher/Classroom or Arts Organization/Mentor: Seth Erlab and Chelsea Novotny

Grade Level or Age of Participants: 4-5 years old

MCAD Teaching Artist:  Eleni Leventopoulos

Number of Students: 12

OVERVIEW OF PROJECT

Students will use a potato to stamp a red circle for the body of their ladybug. They will decorate with a head, legs, and spots in unique an individual manner.

“BIG IDEAS”/ ESSENTIAL QUESTION(S)

What make insects different from humans?

Why are insects important to the natural wold?

What is printmaking?

STUDENT OUTCOME OBJECTIVES

Students will:

  1. Learn about nature and the world around them through observation

  2. Implement their new nature knowledge in a printmaking project

  3. Express creativity through art making

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Students will need no prior art making knowledge. Any prior ladybug information will be taught to students previous to the art making portion of the day.

LESSON PREPARATION TIMELINE

Before April 2019 - Silverwood instructors outline lesson topics for Doodlebugs

April 2019 - MCAD TA picks which lesson to shadow and which to teach

April 16 - Choose art project

April 23 - Outline structure, decide on associated book, choose coloring page, finalize material plan and prep

April 29 - Silverwood preps materials

April 30 - Before class: prep potatoes, inks and brushes

April 30 - Teaching


EXAMPLES OF ARTWORK

Students will be shown an example of a completed project. During the lesson they will watch a short demonstration by the teaching artist.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Story Time book: The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Naturalist lesson with live ladybugs led by Seth Erlab

ASSESSMENT

The assessment is simple child centered and take place in the classroom. There is constant feedback of asking students question about what they were taught as well as invitation to share their own experiences. Students are asked if they enjoyed the art making that day, why if not, and ask about their favorite part of the experience. At the end of the day students are asked what they enjoyed most about the day. After all students have left, all teachers meet briefly to discuss how the day went and note adjustments for the next week.

MATERIALS

Small red potatoes cut in half ( sized to fit in childs hand)

Washable paint (red and black)

Markers

White construction paper - 8.5” x 11”

Towels (for wiping hands)

LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TIMING

  1. Explore time - children play with various puzzles, toys, games, and can do colouring sheets

  2. Clean up - participants help put away explore time materials

  3. Bathroom break

  4. Circle time - topic of the day is introduced, participants are asked about their mood (answer by pointing at a ladybug drawn on the board that matching their emotion, happy, mad, sleepy, etc.)

  5. Circle time - question of the day: where do you go to feel safe? the ‘magic finger’ will point at a participant that then introduces themselves and tells everyone where they go to feel safe

  6. Nature lesson - participants stay on the rug as naturalist shows the live ladybugs and tells about their habitat, what they do for plants and describes the different parts of them

    1. Ladybugs are actually beetles

    2. Ladybugs are brightly colored to warn predators to stay away because they are toxic to some animals, not to humans.

    3. Ladybugs eat aphids and can eat almost 5,000 in their lifetime.

    4. Ladybugs hibernate in groups of adults over the winter

    5. It is a myth that you can tell a ladybug’s age by counting its spots, but it is not true.

    6. Ladybugs can fly when they lift up their wing casings

    7. Ladybugs eat aphids and other insects

    8. Baby ladybugs actually look like tiny alligators and are called larva

  7. Snack time

  8. Story time - while participants eat their snack, read a story of a related topic

  9. Clean up from snack

  10. Art time - participants will gather on the rug and be shown a finished example of the project. teaching artist demonstrates the printmaking technique and project step by step

    1. tell students what the project is - ladybugs stamps made from potatoes

    2. show finished example

    3. show materials (paper, potatoes, paint)

    4. first, write name on paper

    5. take your potato half and dip it in the red paint

    6. stamp as many lady bug bodies as you want (at least two, no more than six)

    7. decorate with the other parts of a ladybug

      1. head

      2. how many legs? (ask students as it is mentioned in the nature talk, students can put as many as they like)

      3. spots!

Children take their seats and materials will be passed out

  1. Clean up - hands cleaned, papers left to dry

  2. Prep to go outside - put on jackets and boots as needed

  3. Outside time - walk, observe ladybugs, play a game

  4. Return - head back inside, gather all belongings

If stamped bodies take too long to dry, stamp bodies, go outside, then come back in and decorate the ladybugs

TEACHING ARTIST REFLECTION

The overall program structure is great and something the participants are used to and responsive to. I’ve been in the classroom enough and playing alongside participants and helping out as needed so I don’t think it will be disruptive or jarring to have me lead a lesson. My biggest concern is, knowing this group of students, that there will be some craziness with the live ladybugs. They are an enthusiastic group and not always the best at following instructions.