SOCIETY FOR KONA'S EDUCATION AND ART
Metamorphosis Through Art
|Key Benchmark||SC 1.2.2: Describe a variety of changes that occur in nature|
|Art Form||Visual Arts|
|Art Benchmark||FA 1.1.1: Use various types of art media|
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|LP 1 Changing Seasons
A discussion of the seasons will be introduced with a series of Chinese season paintings. For this lesson, groups of students will make a 4-panel drawing, with each student showing a plant as it looks in one season. They will then paint the drawings with watercolor.
|Lp 2 Butterfly Metamorphosis
With examples of egg, caterpillar, and pupa the students will draw and color their own butterfly metamorphosis. They will create an accordion book showing all the changes that the butterfly makes. The students will be using pencils, pens, and crayons. On one side of the book will be a long caterpillar, on the other, metamorphosis of a butterfly.
|Lp 3 The Symmetry of Butterflies
The discussion will include the symmetry seen in butterfly wings, warm and cool colors, contrast, and mixing primary colors to create secondary colors. Using Hawaiian butterflies as examples of symmetry and color, students will create their own interpretation of a butterfly. For this lesson, the students will paint half of a butterfly on a paper on which the body has already been drawn for them. They will paint with tempera and then fold the painting in half and rub it to create the symmetrical wings of the butterfly.
|LP 4 The Growth of a Sunflower
The students will be shown samples of the changes a sunflower makes from seed to full bloom. We will make a four-fold book showing the growth of the sunflower. The students will be using pencils, pens, and crayons.
|Lp 5 Radial Symmetry of Sunflowers
Using Van Gogh’s Sunflowers we will discuss radial symmetry, warm and cool colors, and, again, mixing of primary colors to create secondary colors. The students will then paint large sunflowers with tempera paint.
|LP 6 The Metamorphosis of Frogs
The students will look at photo examples of frog eggs, tad poles, tadpoles with hind legs, tadpoles with front legs, and an adult frog. The students will create a painting showing all stages in a pond together, growing and changing.
|LP 7 Frog Puppets
In this lesson we discuss the symmetry of a frog and mix colors to achieve various greens. We will make a frog puppet, using heavy paper and paint, mounted on a straw. We will have lots of hopping frogs in class! Discussion will include the concept of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art.
|LP 8 Overview of Metamorphosis
For this lesson we will be viewing the art of Maria Merian. The students will discuss the changes that they see in her drawings from eggs to mature butterflies, from seeds to mature plants. I will bring in pictures of coffee from flower to red cherry. The students will draw a coffee branch with flowers, young seeds, and mature red seeds. They will use pencil and watercolor. We will visit the following website-- http://www.morning-earth.org/ARTISTNATURALISTS/AN_Merian.html
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