2022-2023 Allied Arts Lesson Plans: 12 Hour Sessions (5th Grade Only)  


Deanna Eden 

Theater • Play  

Improv Workshop: Improvisational theater frees the students’ creativity and allows them to play in a learning environment. Beginning with physical warmups, students use different body parts to create shapes and to express emotion. They work in groups to create scenes and images: terrific cooperation and group learning opportunities. By learning the structures and games of improvisation, they create scenes and comedy together.  Improvisation is both collaborative and solo—they strengthen their own creative confidence and experience success creating with others.  They practice demonstrating their skills in front of one another, and learn how to be great audience members too.  

Plays in Poses: What is a scene? What are the building blocks of any scene? What are the building blocks of any character? In this workshop, we will be activating both the writer’s tool (story structure) and the actor’s instrument (the body). Students will be guided to find joy and energy in a frozen pose. Students will then learn what a dynamic pose is and how it can embody a feeling. Students will explore physical expression as a tool for interpreting literature and/or writing/creating original stories. We will go over story structure and discover how simply a clear, coherent story can be communicated by the performer’s strong physical choices. By creating a series of developing poses, and in partnership with others, students will create simple stories that reflect reading assignments and/or can be expanded upon in creative writing work and storytelling. 

Breathing and Creativity: The breath is the motor of the body, relaxing and centering us, as well as influencing how we move and feel. This course is designed to provide students a refreshing way to move their bodies, focus on their breathing and activate their creativity. Given sound samples, pictures and short verbal cues, students will be asked to interpret these cues with their breath and body movements in space. Students will also be paired up for the purpose of giving partners movement inspiration. There will be presentations and brief discussions of how audience members interpret what they see, as well as a brief guided meditation cool-down to get students ready for their next activity.  

Styles and Genres: The style of a story is just as important as the story itself. First, we will look at the building blocks of any story (setting, character, want, conflict, resolution). Then, we will examine examples of different genres (fairy tale, fantasy, science fiction, etc.). We will learn about the elements of style and the qualities that make up each genre. Working in groups, we will create and perform original stories working within a specific genre.  Then we will discover how a simple play can be performed in a variety of genres, focusing on what aspects of a story change and what remains universal.  

Theater Without Walls – Site Specific and Roving Performance: Theater doesn’t have to stay in a theater! How can a specific location inspire a performance? What kind of performance can rove (move from place to place)? Students will investigate a variety of indoor/outdoor chosen spaces, examining the sights and sounds, the feeling inspired by the space, the characters that could exist there. We will explore how a chosen space has its own story, and we will create short scenes and monologues inspired by spaces we choose. We will also explore what it means to create a character that could travel through space—what defines roving theater? How can the performance have a journey? We will celebrate the idea that theater can happen anywhere, and we will load up our personal toolboxes for creating theater without walls.  


Andy Koch 

Clowning • Balloon Sculpture •Creative Dramatics • Improv • Pantomime• Puppet Creation & Performance • Sculpture • Storytelling 

Cultural Folk Tales told with Puppets: In this workshop we will select folktales from around the world, build puppets from papier mache, rehearse, and perform them for classmates, family, and friends. Puppets are a timeless art form encompassing many artistic disciplines, capturing the imaginations of young and old. The folktales we will be choosing from are handed down from countless generations making for exciting and important exploration.  
The Folktales we have dramatized for puppets draw from the following elements;  

  • Explain nature and the world around us. 
  • Establish good role models, behaviors, and morals. 
  • Importance of friendship. 
  • Warn youngsters of danger in their environment. 
  • Oral history. Keeping cultural roots alive. 
  • Affirmation of good for the poor, hope. 

Performance Art / Creative Dramatics: This workshop covers the basics of acting skills; Pantomime, Improvisation, Theatre Games, Group Dynamics, Vocal Projection, Stage Movement, Skit Development, and Performance, all with an emphasis on FUN. Great for those wishing to explore acting, as well as the more experienced looking to hone their performance skills. Once we explore on an improvisational level, students will be working in small groups to write and rehearse a variety of one act plays. Content can be focused relevant to classroom studies. On the last day of the workshop, we will present a Mini One Act Play Festival for Students, Family, and Friends. 


Janet Lehwalder  

Murals • Silk Painting • Multi-Media Color Mixing  

Silk Banner Project:  In this permanent art installation project, each student and teacher learns to paint on silk by doing a small personal painting.  Then each class designs a large banner around a theme chosen by the school.  Finally, the class, in small groups, paints their banner, which is hung in the school.  The banners are colorful, meaningful, and easy to hang and maintain. 


Rachel Simpson  

Papier-Mache Animals: Draw a Hybrid Animal to Transform into Sculpture:  Let’s have fun making our own Hybrid Animal in this art lesson that will let the students draw a mash-up of 2 animals, into their own Hybrid Animal, by using our imagination, and then we’ll transform the design into a 3/D sculpture with Paper-Mache! We’ll start out our 1st day with a drawing game to get some ideas flowing and discuss what kinds of animals we feel connected with. This will be a longer art project that will develop many skills, communication, and steps with building armatures out of cardboard, newspaper, wire, and masking tape, and then we’ll do 3 layers of the Paper-Mache, allow to dry, & finally paint our hybrids with brushes & acrylic paints. The final project will be able to hang up to see their sculptures on display. (Note: this will require some planning with teachers to make a space for drying the sculptures – which can be hung, & I’m happy to help.) 

This lesson includes the following in curriculum: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Emotional Development, and the Elements in Art. 

Reduction Printing – Objects & Nature: In this Art lesson, students will learn how to make reduction printing of 2-3 ink prints (copies of their original art design), learn about different kinds of printing, and a choice to design either a favorite object or something in nature, like a paint brush, a mug of hot cocoa, a butterfly, a leaf, or a flower. We’ll have fun learning how to use a variety of materials with 3 colors in 2-3 prints such as: drawing/carving/cutting in foam, brayers, barons, inks, trays, and matting their prints onto construction paper to look like a finished artwork. 

This lesson includes the following in curriculum: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Emotional Development, and the Elements in Art. 

Neurographic Art – Drawing & Painting Marine-Life Grades: 3-5, 3 or 12 hours: The term Neurographic Art is an art therapeutic way to work with the subconscious mind through drawing and can be a peaceful experience that also included emotional development. While the student draws, they are conscious in thought and do not follow a repeated pattern. Students can choose one of the photos of the marine-life animals provided, (such as Sea Turtles, Angelfish, Sea Otters, Clownfish, Whales, Seahorse, Octopus, Jellyfish, Sharks, and more!), as their subject for the finished piece. We’ll learn to make this art in this style of drawing with pencil, black sharpies, and then adding color by using markers with a fun unique method of painting (like watercolors). 

This lesson includes the following in curriculum: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Emotional Development, and the Elements in Art.

Christian Anne Smith and Andy Koch  

Cultural Folktales Adventure and Paper Måché Puppets:  This dynamic duo will bring the following experiences to your students: Sketching, Sculpting, Papier Mache, Painting, Mixed Media, Character Development, Puppeteering and Performance, Exposure to Ancient Cultural Tales, as well as opportunities for reflective writing at the end. 

Session 1: Andy meets with class, reads scripts, casts kids, and introduces history of puppetry.  Leaves character sketch exercise behind. 

Session 2: Papier Mache Day with Christian: Meet The Puppets, Paper and Tape Build and Papier Mache Day. Puppets Dry one week and get a base coat of paint. 

Session 3: Day Two, Decorate with Christian: More Puppet Stories, Fabric Fun and Decoration with Found Object Treasures.  Finishing up with a Puppet Parade, often to younger students’ classrooms. 

Session 4-5: Work in the Puppet Tent with Andy, learning all about Puppetry. 

Session 6:  Puppet Performance!  For younger grades or parents. 


Jeana Esser 

PaintingDrawingMixed Media 

Still Life with Pumpkins (or oranges): This painting project is particularly fun because of it’s simplicity and yet it is observational drawing. This project came out of the joy of mixing colors and pushing that idea by having the kids use their own colors in a project. Each student gets a small cup of yellow, a small cup of red and a small cup of white paint, each cup with its own brush in it. They will use the egg carton to mix and store their colors in. The only instruction I give at this point is to tell them that when mixing colors, it’s good to start with the lightest color first and add in the darker colors. They will see more change in the color this way and have more control in producing their colors.  They also get pencil and paper to name their own “tones and shades”. When the children finish their drawings, they use their mixed paints to color their oranges.  

Cosmic papier mache donuts: I start off by showing some artwork by Wayne Thiebaud, Kenny Scharf, and Jae Yong Kim. We rolled 2 full sheets of newspaper together into a long skinny cylinder. Then we twisted up the cylinder from the middle to both outside edges. The newspaper part of paper maché donuts before they’re completely covered with masking tape. Then we taped our entire rolled, twisted cylinders into a donut shape with a couple of layers of masking tape. Class period 2: We tore or cut copy paper into strips, and then dipped them into pre-mixed Elmer’s paper maché paste (or modge lodge). We aimed for 2-3 layers of pasted strips that covered up the newspaper text/pics. Copy paper paper machéd step. Class period 3: We acrylic painted the bases of our donuts the classic “donut golden brown” then painted over them with whatever colors they wanted to create a cosmic donut.  Later, sprinkles are added then we seal them with modge podge or non toxic polyurethane.  We will use various methods of display! 


Jason LaClair

Coast Salish Artwork

Jason works with students to design their own artwork based on traditional Coast Salish styles. Using a series of shapes and colors, students will combine the principles taught by Jason to create animals and symbols such as Orcas, Eagles, and Salmon.