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    The students brainstormed a variety of geometric and organic shapes which were also symmetrical, same on both sides. These shapes were then drawn and cut out of oak tag to create a stencil. They were introduced to the art form of stenciling by using a stencil brush and stamping acrylic paint through the opening of the stencil to make cards or writing paper.
    Vocabulary: geometric/organic shapes, positive/negative space, symmetrical shapes, stencil brush, acrylic paints .

Have a Dream
        The students had a conversation about Martin Luther King and his dream, as well as the Eight Intelligences (The Eight Smarts) and how everybody is good at something. We then saw samples of past Olympic symbols and compared figure drawings done in an abstract style and realism.  The students were given the task of drawing themselves doing an activity that they really liked, one that they thought they did well, or one that they hoped to do when they got older.  They were encouraged to dream. They had a choice of drawing in the abstract form like many of the Olympic logos, or draw realistically.  
        Vocabulary: realism, abstract, figure drawing, ground line/horizon line, the eight intelligences


Impressionism (Van Gogh) picture
        The children learned about the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh and the Impressionistic Movement.  They looked at his art, and studied the different styles that were used to create the work. The children then chose to either create their own, typical Van Gogh style picture or recreated one of Van Gogh’s original pictures.
        Vocabulary: blending colors, building up layers, coloring softly, coloring hard, overlapping, horizon line/ floor line, variety/contrast, direction of lines.

        The students learned about the art of Georges Seurat, who is best known for his pointillism pictures, pictures made from dots.  The children experimented with either oil pastels or markers to create their own pointillism picture.  The students were to blend colors, or to darken a shadow by adding more dots.
        Vocabulary: pointillism, shadows, highlights

Value Painted "Stretched" Pictures 
    The purpose of this lesson was review color mixing using one base color with white and black to create tints and shades. The students painted stripes of varying values, going from light to dark. Then the paper was cut and "stretched" allowing spaces between the paper.  This technique gave an optical illusion effect. 
    Vocabulary: Base color, tint, shade, optical illusion. 

Drawing Faces
        The purpose of this lesson was to learn about the life and art of Pablo Picasso,  and also to learn how to draw a 3/4 view face.  After practicing drawing a front view and 3/4 view face, the children decided to use one of the two drawings for their final picture.  Some children chose to keep their picture more realistic and colored with pencil, colored pencils or crayons.  Other children wanted to make their picture more abstract in keeping with Picasso's Cubism faces, which were  painted with values of one base color.The painting was then divided into spaces like a  puzzle and outlined with a marker to highlight the spaces. 
        Vocabulary: base colors, tints, shades, front view, 3/4 view, cubism, abstract, realism.