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Art Projects

Description of Activity: Students complete a design or artistic rendition and then submit it virtually.

Appropriate Content Areas: Art, Early Childhood Education

Goals & Objectives:

In general, the goal of an art project is to develop the students artistic skills. While artistic skill can be rendered in any of Gardner's intelligences, the goal here is art for art's sake. Goals can also include developing a child's fine motor skills and color coordination abilities. Specific goals will depend on the particular art project including the form of art being employed. Note that this category does not include physical art forms such as dance or oral or musical arts, but primarily graphical, sculptural, and design arts.

Prerequisites:

Student will need the skills necessary for the given art form.

Materials and Resources:

What needs to be prepared in advance by the teacher? The assignment description.

What does the student need to bring to the lesson? The student will need to acquire any necessary art supplies.

Guiding Questions for this Activity:

Is there a main question being answered by the lesson? Sometimes not directly. The question may be as abstract as how would one artistically interpret the given context.

Activity Outline and Procedure:

How will the materials be presented?

  • The outline includes generating proper learning set in students such as lesson focus and purpose with connections to personal needs and interests.
  • The students are presented the project and what the expectations are.
  • During the project, students may be required to journal their process for reflective learning or to videotape procedures to verify academic honesty.
  • Don't forget closure. Discuss the final product, perhaps in a synchronous session to help the student develop critical analysis of artistic impressions.

Teaching Strategies:

  • Be specific. The more specific the assignment, the more difficult it is for students to cheat. At the same time, with some artistic impressions, there needs to be a lot of lattitude in student judgment. Some specifics can include the form of the art, the materials to use, and the final product.
  • For academic honesty concerns, you can have students submit a process journal or videotape a portion of the project development.

Accommodations:

What accommodations may be needed for students with disabilities or other special needs? Students with physical disabilities may require more time to complete certain kinesthetic art works.

Timeline:

How much time would a typical online student require to complete such a lesson? The time online will not be any different from a traditional classroom and will depend on the type of art project.

Ideas for Activity Evaluation and Teacher Reflection:

How was student learning verified? As already mentioned, student journals may be employed. Student discussions and peer critiques can also help to verify learning. The actual product and its artistic value are also important.

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