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  • 1. Visual Manna’s Artsy Animals Celebrate American History and Art for Younger Children (ages 4-8) by Sharon Jeffus copyright 2009 all rights reserved Contact us if you would like us to do an art camp or workshops for your support group or convention!
  • 2. “The Rocky Mountains Lander’s Peak” by Bierdstadt  A landscape is a picture of the land and the sky. Bierdstadt was a very famous artist in early America. He did pictures of the wilderness the way that Lewis and Clark might have seen it. Do you see where the Indians lived in the picture? We are going to make a log cabin landscape. What kinds of lines do you see in the cabin?
  • 3. “Home in the Woods” by Thomas Cole This picture is a picture by Thomas Cole. Would you like to see an apple tree in this picture? We are going to make a log cabin like your great grandpa and grandma might have lived in. We are going to put a rainbow in the sky.
  • 4. Johnny Appleseed  Do you know the story of Johnny Appleseed? People seem to think that Johnny Appleseed was slim and tall, but Harper's Weekly describes him as "small and wiry." Are you small and wiry? Are you tall and slim? His real name was John Chapman and he planted apple trees. Do you have a nickname?
  • 5. What are some ways that you can eat apples? You can eat candy apples, apple pie, apple tarts, apple juice and applesauce. Which is your favorite?
  • 6. The colors of the colorwheel are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Hey, can you see those in the rainbow? Put a colorwheel rainbow in the sky of your log cabin landscape.
  • 7. In the Artsy Animals program, children learn to read by drawing simple pictures. The frog is on the log. The ladybug leaps over a lamb. Art, science and history is combined in each lesson .
  • 8.  You can make a cloud at the end of your rainbow. You can put a person in the picture. Do you see the tepees far away? What color are the mountains? (Teacher does step by step drawing with the power point lesson). You can put a ladybug or lamb in the picture. You can put a frog on a log in each picture.
  • 9. George Caleb Bingham’s “Fur Trader’s on the Missouri”  Do you think the animal on the left is a cat? Some people think it is a fox. What would a fur trader do?
  • 10. Bingham’s “The Jolly Flatboatman in Port”  What do you look at first in this picture? That is the center of interest. Do you see the man who is dancing? Do you see the boats in the background of the picture? Things in the foreground are larger, things in the background are smaller.
  • 11. Mark Twain wrote about what Bingham painted about; life on the Missouri and Mississippi River. We know how people dressed and what they did thanks to artists who did pictures of it? What was Huckleberry Finn doing in this picture?
  • 12. Did you ever see a frog on the river? If you were on the Missouri or Mississippi River, you wouldn’t see these frogs. Why? Where might you see them?
  • 13.  Make a riverboat picture just like George Caleb Bingham did.
  • 14. Draw an otter in the water.
  • 15.  This is Audubon’s picture of a Flamingo. Audubon did pictures of all the birds of America. He put them in their natural habitat. He gave them the scientific name along with their real name. What color is this bird?
  • 16.  Here is another wonderful bird in a photograph.  This cardinal is singing a song. The sky is blue. What color would the sun be? Is this bird bigger or smaller than the flamingo?  Red, yellow and blue are the primary colors.  Which bird could put a fish in his mouth?  Photo © by Motorrad67
  • 17.  When you mix red and white you get pink. Pink is a pastel color. If you put a red cardinal and a yellow sun on a blue piece of paper, you have the three primary colors. The flamingo is pink. Pink is a pastel color. When you mix red and white you get pink.
  • 18.  Sculpture is art that you can walk around. We are going to sculpt a bird in a nest. You can make a ball with your clay and press in the center to make a pinch pot. This is a nest for your bird. Make more balls for eggs. Pinch the tip of an egg for a beak of a bird and the other end of the egg you can pinch for the tail. Put the eggs and the bird in your nest.
  • 19.  Hey, Kids, It’s me…Bard Buzzard. This picture is by Peale of George Washington and I am so inspired, I just had to write this poem!  George Washington said to speak what is true.  To be kind and polite in all that you do.  The story of how he chopped down that tree…  “I did it!” said he. He showed honesty!  A hero is someone who does the right thing.  To do what is right is to what we must cling!  I love you!!!  Bard Buzzard
  • 20.  This is a picture of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. The scarf around his neck is called a cravat. Do you know anyone who wears a cravat?
  • 21.  What are some symbols of America? The American flag, the liberty bell, the Washington Monument, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. What about an eagle?
  • 22. American Symbols
  • 23. Long ago maps were very artistic. A map maker was called a cartographer. Lewis and Clark made a famous map of the Louisiana purchase. This is a very old map of the state of Virginia. If you went camping for two years and took a map with you and made it, how might it look at the end of the trip? Do you think it might be dirty? You can map your map look dirty by putting brown crayon on it. How can you tell direction on this map?
  • 24. This is a very famous picture called “Breezing Up” by Winslow Homer. These boys might have a treasure chest right under them on the bottom of the ocean. Notice how the boat in the foreground is bigger than the one in the background. Diagonal lines show movement in art.
  • 25. You might see a treasure chest under the sea. How many treasure chests do you see on the left? Pirates would sometimes attack ships and the treasure would sink to the ocean floor.
  • 26. Under the sea, you could see red or blue starfish.
  • 27.  You could see a shark, a whale or a dolphin. Which animal of the sea below is not real? How can you tell?
  • 28.  Can you guess what this is? I bought this painting at Marineland. It was painted by a real dolphin named Alvin. It is called abstract art? Do you like it?
  • 29.  You can put an octopus in your picture. You can put a jellyfish in your picture. How about drawing a whole school of fish?
  • 30.  Here you can see several drawings for children. A man of war on the dance floor and a zebra crab who likes to blab. You can order your Artsy Animals package and get more of these delightful lessons!
  • 31. How many different colors could you see in this picture? Color your picture with as many bright colors as you can think of. Can you tell me where the school of fish is?
  • 32. This picture is called “Storm Rising at Sea” by Washington Allston. This boat may need a lighthouse? Do you think the waves look very big?
  • 33.  In art, the black is negative space and the light is positive space. You can make your lighthouse shine brightly by using white and drawing lines out from it.
  • 34. This picture is called “American Gothic” by Grant Wood. You might have seen it before. It is a very famous farm picture. What is the man holding? In art, this is called a prop because it helps tell a story. It is really called a pitchfork.
  • 35. Here are some farm pictures. What do you see?
  • 36.  You could see a cow or a pig on a farm. What other animals could you see?
  • 37.  Have you ever heard someone say “When pigs fly?” Have you ever thought about a horsefly? Can you invent an animal that has wings that has never been seen before?
  • 38. Old MacDonald How many animals had a farm, E- I-E-I-O. can you think of? And on that farm he had a [animal name], E-I-E- I-O, With a [animal noise twice] here and a [animal noise twice] there Here a [animal noise], there a [animal noise], everywhere a [animal noise twice] Old MacDonald had a farm, E- I-E-I-O.
  • 39.  Early Americans might have eaten a variety of foods. They ate berries and we know they ate apples. We even know who planted them!!!
  • 40. “Still Life with Vegetable” by William Chase  In art, a still life is a grouping of inanimate objects. What do you see in this still life?
  • 41. “Still life with Watermelon and Apples” by Melendez  Do you think children in early America ate watermelon?  What color is watermelon?
  • 42. A pattern is a repeated design. The tablecloth has a pattern. Do you see the primary colors? Can you think of any other fruits or vegetables to put in the picture?
  • 43.  If you went to school in early America, you might go to a one room schoolhouse. You might make a rebus.
  • 44. If you went to school long ago, you might have played jacks or marbles. You probably would set in a desk like those on the right. Your teacher might look like the one here.
  • 45. You may have made a rebus. What are some word pictures you can think of? How would you say “time” in a picture?
  • 46. This picture by Moran shows the birth of “Old Glory.” Betsy Ross and her children are showing the new flag to George Washington.
  • 47.  Here are some early American flags. My favorite is “Don’t tread on me.” Why do you think people compared early America to a rattlesnake?  If you leave a rattlesnake alone, it won’t bother you, but if you step on it, LOOK OUT!
  • 48.  Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.  He said to his friend, "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,-- One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm."
  • 49. This is a picture of a real Indian with a war bonnet on. It was taken long ago. Can you count how many feathers you see?
  • 50.  Feathers were very special to the Indians. Today, you cannot even pick up some kinds of feathers without a license.
  • 51.  Making feathers is fun. You can use oil pastels and make a colorwheel feather. Parts of a feather: 1. Vane 2. Rachis 3. Barb 4. Afterfeather 5. Hollow shaft, calamus
  • 52. This picture is of William Penn’s treaty with the Indians. Do you see any feathers in this picture? Do you see an Indian baby?
  • 53.  Here is a picture of Benjamin Franklin’s famous experiment with a kite. He believed he could prove that lightning was electricity by flying his kite in a lightning storm. He was right. A coin was created to honor his idea.
  • 54. You can make a kite by cutting a piece of heavy paper into a diamond shape. Put a hot air balloon design on your kite. Remember that a pattern is a repeated design. Can you think of any other things that fly through the air?
  • 55.  An artist named Clifford Berryman drew this picture of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to shoot a little bear who was hurt in a forest fire. A toymaker, Morris Mitchum, got the idea for the Teddy Bear from this very famous picture.
  • 56.  There are all kinds of Teddy Bears.  How many kinds can you think of?
  • 57. Here are some very simple bear drawings for children to do. Artsy Animals also has parties for children. Have you ever heard of an educational party with party hats and snacks and songs and oh so much fun?
  • 58. Teddy Bears are there when you need them most. Let’s make our Teddy Bear puppet and take it to a picnic!!
  • 59. Mommy Bear says, “Let’s pack up all this food and have a picnic!!!
  • 60.  Contact us about becoming an Artsy Animals Party Coordinator/Teacher. There are 7 Artsy Animal Learning Books and seven parties. Write visualmanna@gmail.com for more information today!!!! Let the fun begin!!!!  Make learning more fun than a party!!!!  Jeremiah 33:3