General 2022-2023 Lesson Plans K-5th

3 Hour Sessions (grades K-4) 

Andy Koch 

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

Puppetry for the Elementary Classroom: This “make and take” workshop begins with a brief introduction and history of puppetry. Examples of my professional puppets are passed around. Then I present a demonstration scene from one of my shows, followed by a discussion of the elements of a good story and performance. The students then break into groups of 4 or 5, organize parts, create simple sack and paper plate puppets, and perform their own shows for everyone’s enjoyment.  
K-3: Familiar stories such as the 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Goldie Locks and the 3 Bears will be assigned 
4-5: Students will be asked to write their own stories for the performances. 

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. We will be doing shows for each other during the workshops. 

 

Christian Anne Smith

Painting • Papier Mache • Prints • Puppet Creation & Performance 

Animals in People Clothes: A Silly and Fanciful Painting Workshop: Students learn classical art and design techniques with a fun and playful twist in this workshop. Students create characters from the initial line drawing to the full-color finished painting. Young artists invent their own original colors from red, yellow, blue, and white, a very empowering skill that teaches color theory, too. We share how our color choices describe who our characters are and how our animals are extensions of who we are. The workshop includes a fun creature interview that allows the students to describe in a story the character they have created. Any unit of study can be incorporated into this workshop by request. 

Workshop: In this workshop, students pretend they are scientists or inventors, (depending on the unit focus) who have discovered a new species or invented a new robot, etc.  

Session One:  Students brainstorm about what makes a bird a bird or a robot a robot, then create a line drawing of the “new” species or invention. Students then complete a “scientist interview”; a writing exercise that introduces their discovery to the world, with a lot of room for imagination allowed.  

Session Two:  Students create Flip Flap books.  First, they transform their line drawings from session one into mixed media masterpieces, these works of art become the front cover of the books.  The “scientist interviews” become the back cover of the books. Photocopied line drawings from the entire class are stapled and cut into thirds to become an amazing flip flap book with dozens of creature or invention combinations. Students will be invited to share their creature discoveries in character if they wish. A great workshop for combining art, science, writing and fun! Some past and popular themes: Imaginary Ocean Creatures, Imaginary Insects, Imaginary Birds, Imaginary Mammals. 

Imaginary Worlds Watercolor Workshop: In this workshop, students learn basic watercolor and pen and ink technique while creating an imaginary realm of their own design. The day will start with a “Meet the Artist” session where I will share my own fanciful paintings and illustrations, followed by an 

“Imaginary World” brainstorming sketch session. Students learn to create a loose pencil sketch with background and characters. This will be followed by a color mixing lesson. After a short break, we “ink” our creations, using sharpies. We will continue by experimenting with other watercolor technique and adding detail to our amazing imaginary worlds! There is an emphasis on letting happy accidents occur and on positive self-talks while making your art. An optional “Character Interview” and writing exercise will be left with teacher to further develop the world that the student has created. A story to go with the beautiful illustration! 

Papier Mache Puppet Adventure Workshop: Create totally unique, colorful, and fanciful puppets for your classroom lessons. This workshop places an emphasis on creative problem solving and working with simple materials that are cheap or free and, in the child’s, everyday environment.  

Session One:  Begins with a “Meet the Puppets” brainstorm and story session. Puppet creations begin. After a short break, students apply papier mache. The puppets will need to dry over the course of the week and be painted with a base color before session two.  

Session Two:  Students will work with fabric to create a puppet body and parent volunteers will assist at the hot glue gun table. After a short break, the “Treasure Chest” table of random decorations is unveiled, and each child is allowed up to five amazing treasures to help bring out the character of the puppets. We finish with a short “Puppet Parade” and/or “Sharing Circle”. Christian will leave behind an optional “Puppet Interview” writing exercise.  

Imaginary Birds Watercolor Painting: We will learn basic sketching and watercolor painting technique while creating our very own birds, as if we are scientists who are just discovering them! We will take a look at different kinds of bird feet, beaks, eyes and wings and what these adaptions are used for. Then we will sketch and paint our very own invented birds. We will finish with an “About My Bird” writing exercise, and a mock “symposium” where the kids can name and introduce their bird to the world, as a scientist would. A playful and fun way to learn to paint, while connecting it to science. (In the past, we have adapted the subject to Imaginary Mammals and Imaginary Flying Insects). 

 

Janet Lehwalder

Murals • Silk Painting • Multi-media Color Mixing 

Silk Painting:  Painting on silk is fun and easy! A great way to learn color mixing and creative composition. Complete soft, lustrous artwork for play, display, or gifting. In this 3-hour workshop, students will paint on silk fabric using permanent silk dyes. Two projects are offered. You can choose “Flags”; 11” hemmed squares that can be flown like a flag, framed, or used in a variety of ways. Or “Hoops,” which are silk pieces stretched in 10” wooden hoops that are easy to hang. The whole process is demonstrated to the group, then everyone paints their own piece at their own speed. A design is traced onto the silk with a resist and then the colors are painted on with a brush. Within the resist lines, they flow and blend in beautiful and surprising ways. You can choose a theme, or everyone can just work from my giant collection of patterns. 

 

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 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.  

 

Frank Frazee 

Cartooning Drawing Painting 

The Art of Cartooning (K-4) 

Students will do an initial hour long beginning cartooning class then during the next 2-hour long sessions they will create a 4-panel comic strip based on a knock-knock joke. The second hour will be the penciling in of the panels. The third hour will be the inking of the strip.  

Note:  Sessions are limited to one classroom at a time.  

The students will learn how to cartoon simple figures. They will then create their own characters to make a four-panel comic strip.   
They will learn sequencing of a joke.   
They will learn to use pencil, pen, and eraser to do a finished comic strip.  

 

Rachel Potter

Graphic Design • Visual Arts • Painting • Textiles/Fibers/Fabrics • Art History • Creative Writing 

Artists and Styles: Students will become familiar with prominent art figures and their unique styles. Students will engage in a dialogue of the works of famous artists and be asked to use methods the artists used in creations of their own. 

Surreal Paint Blots: Students will create new drawings out of randomly splattered ink spots. Let a blot of paint fall randomly onto a piece of paper, fold the paper in half and open it back up. A new shape will be formed. Let dry. Lesson about Surrealism will be given at this point. 

Collage with Mattise: Focused on Henri Mattise and his later work – collage! To create a complete picture through the use of cut shapes. The use of bright and “wild” colors will also be investigated to install the knowledge of Fauvism. 

 

Semilla Sanchez

Painting • Drawing • Mixed Media • Creative Writing • Expressive Arts  

 Expressive Arts & Dance Art in Motion. Using music, movement, dance and art as a channel to move creativity in the body and onto canvas. Explore healthy expressions of socio-emotional learning (SEL) through art and movement. Using a variety of color mediums (crayon, oil pastel, magazine paper, glue stick) to create through intuitive imagery. 

Music playlist for both 10-minute warm-up and 20-30 minute and 60-minutes, followed by opportunities to create art. Ideally students will feel encouraged to weave in and out of dancing and creating, prompted by teaching artist. (Warm-up physical activity to lessen anxiety and cultivate community. Example: Head, shoulders, knees and toes; or body parts exercise). 

Feeling Color Use color to explore feelings and give children a creative outlet to express their emotions. Address a variety of themes around socio-emotional learning (SEL), by teaching self-awareness, healthy expression of emotions, interpersonal skills, empathy for others and self-actualization. 

Introduce healthy expression of our emotions by using color explorations. Brief warm-up physical activity to lessen anxiety and cultivate community. (Ex. Head, shoulders, knees and toes). Choose 5-7 emotions, students pick colors which represent them. Prompts are timed to encourage imaginative drawings using abstract shape, color, symbols and imagery as a response. Leave room at the end of the session for an open-ended abstract art piece, where children are free to use expressive colors (Art recess following the lesson plan). 

 

Jeana Esser

Painting • Drawing • Mixed Media  

Rothko mini abstracts:  Students will create a mini abstract based on the paintings of Mark Rothko using oil pastels and paints.  The students will learn how to mix and blend colors and collage.  I like to start my projects off by introducing an artist for inspiration! 

Blind contour portraits:  Students will pair up and learn the technique of blind contour drawing. It’s a challenge because they cannot look at the paper or lift the pencil (or pen) off the paper!  The drawings come out quite wacky.  They will choose their best ones and paint them in different colors.  A “critique” will follow so students can share their artwork and discuss.  They will use color to fill in segments of the portraits with either oil pastels, watercolors, or markers.  

Pop Art pizza:  Students will learn to create an oversized “slice” of pizza complete with toppings. This project is geared for younger elementary students but can be modified/jazzed up for older students.   

Modigliani inspired self portraits:  After looking at many of the artists’ paintings I will give out some black paper. The students drew their self-portraits using a mirror and made sure their necks were especially longer than normal. The placement of the facial features is exaggerated, which makes this artist especially intriguing to me, and for young artists as well. 

Collograph Block print paper “quilt”: This no-fail process involves the perfect mix of pattern, shape, repetition, color theory, composition and movement. We use warm and cool colors and “print” onto large drawing paper. Materials: wooden blocks (I have small ones but large ones are better!); paints, brushes, self adhesive foam, paper. 

Rachel Simpson

Self-Portraits – Frida Kahlo Inspiration: Students in this Art class will learn about the famous artist Frida Kahlo, how to draw a self-portrait in accurate proportions for the human face, create unique individual paintings with symbolism, that have meaning about themselves, their life, and learn about how to make skin color with paints to match their own. We will create a large painting on thick paper with drawing, and painting with many different supplies such as; watercolors, brushes, oil pastels, colored pencils/markers, and mirrors to observe our own faces. We’ll share our self-portraits to each other as a class, and explain the symbolism chosen to represent ourselves at the end of the art sessions, to show expression, individuality, inclusion, diversity, and use of communication skills. 

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

Storytelling & Design an Illustration Page: Fairy Tales/Children’s BooksEveryone can sit in a circle and tell their story – better yet, we’ll get to show our stories in either beautiful mixed-media paintings or learn how to transform the drawings into a 3/D project using hand-sewing for our own stuffed-animal-toys with felt, beads, trim, & buttons. This can be either a drawing/painting (K-4th) or a drawing/sewing a stuffed toy of their main character in the story (5th grade). The paintings will include a wide variety of materials: colored pencils, oil pastels, sharpie markers, watercolors & painting techniques.  

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 hoursThe 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.

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.

 

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 hoursThe 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!