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  • 1. Clay Animation Lesson Plan ~Pablo Picasso~ By Debra McDowell
  • 2. Picasso ’s Art Styles/ Clay Animation Movie
    • Grade Level: 4, 5 and 6
    • Subject: Language Arts, Art and Computer/Technology
    • Topic Addressed: Clay Animation/Art History
    • Duration: 2 Weeks
    • Web 2.0 Tools Used:
      • Kids’ Vid:
  • 3. Picasso ’s Art Styles/ Clay Animation Movie
    • Tools Used: Digital camera, iMovie or some movie program, Garage Band, Smart Board
    • Animation Materials:
            • Modeling clay: flesh tone, black, red, blue, yellow, green and orange
            • Modeling tools, wiggle eyes, soft wire and a work mat
            • Background Supplies: Construction paper, cardboard scissors, glue, tape, markers, crayons and scrape material
  • 4. Description of Project
    • Purpose
      • Students will explore the life and artistic contributions of Pablo Picasso through the creation of a clay animation depicting one of Picasso's art periods.
  • 5. Description of Project
    • Task: Students will research the life and contributions of Pablo Picasso and create a clay animation that teaches others about one of his periods such as the Blue period, Rose period, or Cubism
    Pablo Picasso The Tragedy, 1903 Chester Dale Collection 1963.10.196 Rose Period Pablo Picasso Family of Saltimbanques, 1905 Chester Dale Collection 1963.10.190 Blue Period House in a Garden Picasso, Pablo. Oil on canvas. 73.6x60.5 cm France. 1908 Source of Entry: State Museum of New Western Art, Moscow. 1930 Cubism
  • 6. Description of Project
    • Procedure: Introduction- Time Line Day 1:
      • Discuss project with students
      • Students to become experts on the life and contributions of Pablo Picasso
      • Use clay animation to teach about Picasso’s styles
      • Complete a KWHL Chart
  • 7. Description of Project
    • Procedures- Time Line -Day 1:
    • Handout a copy of “Life of Picasso” to each student.
      • Put students into groups of four or five
      • Hand each group a copy of a storyboard and rubric.
  • 8. Description of Project
    • Procedures: Time Line -Day 2
    • (Teacher will use SmartBoard)
      • Watch United Streaming video about Pablo Picasso- approx 15 min.
      • Watch tech4learing video about The Clay Animation Process
      • Watch tech4learning video on samples of other projects kids completes.
  • 9. Description of Project
    • Procedure: Time Line-Day 2 (continued)
      • Have students gather into their groups
      • Research using internet, books etc.
      • Answer questions on the Life of Picasso
      • Start brainstorming ideas on specific periods
  • 10. Description of Project
    • Procedures - Time Line-Day 3:
      • Allow students to work on storyboard
      • Once finished have students visit Kids’ Vid and learn step-by-step on how to create a video production using a Web 2.0 tool.
  • 11. Description of Project
    • Procedures - Time Line Day 4-6:
      • Demonstrate to students how to create a clay figure.
      • Pass out materials
            • Modeling tools, wiggle eyes, soft wire and a work mat
            • Modeling clay: flesh tone, black, red, blue, yellow, green and orange
            • Background Supplies: Construction paper, cardboard scissors, glue, tape, markers, crayons and scrape material
  • 12. Description of Project
    • Procedures-Time Line-Day 7-10:
      • After students have finished creating their clay animations and background scene, demonstrate how to use the digital camera
      • Allow students to take digital images of scenes
      • Download pictures to computer
      • Use iMovie to create the video
      • Use GarageBand to narrate the scene and add sound effects
  • 13. Description of Project “It’s Show Time!”
    • Time Line - Day 11-12:
      • Students will view and evaluate each others clay animations
      • Teacher will view and evaluate the clay animations
  • 14. Resources
    • Life of Pablo Picasso:
    • PDF on the “Life of Pablo Picasso”
    • How to Create Clay Animation in 5 Easy Steps:
    • Recipes4Success-Clay Animation: str_query =
  • 15. Resources (continued)
    • The Artchive: Information and pictures on Pablo Picasso:
  • 16. Evaluations/Assessment:
    • KWHL chart
    • Picasso’s Life worksheets
    • Storyboard
    • Animation project
    • Rubric
    • Evidence of All Levels of Learning
          • Tasks and Activities Support Differentiated Instruction for all students
  • 17. Clay Animation ~Rubric
  • 18. Modifications:
    • ESL students: can summarize information
    • Web Scavenger hunt-recognition
    • Students with difficulties reading & writing can create the characters and background scenes
    • Advanced students can create a classroom wiki page to display the projects
  • 19. Higher Order of Thinking Skills Addressed
    • Knowledge: Student Work requires information recall, rote knowledge of dates, events, places, and subject mastery.
    • Comprehension: Student Work requires understanding of topic, interpretation of ideas and information.
  • 20. NYS Visual Arts Learning Standards
    • National Standards for Arts Education - National Art Education Association (NAEA)Students should have an informed acquaintance with exemplary works of art from a variety of cultures and historical periods, and a basic understanding of historical development in the arts disciplines, across the arts as a whole, and within cultures.
    • Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts. Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the visual arts and participates in various roles in the arts. This will be evident when the students create a clay animation and sets up the storyboard.
    • Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources. Students will be knowledgeable about the make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles. This will be evident when the students use molding clay, tools and any other supplies to construct their characters.
  • 21. NYS Visual Arts Learning Standards (continued)
    • Standard 3: Responding and Analyzing Works of Arts. Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought. This will be evident when the students research and compare the life and history of Pablo Picasso and the different periods of his life to create their short clay animation.
    • Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Contributions of the Arts. Students will develop and understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society. This will be evident when the students create their characters in the form of the different periods of Pablo Picasso ’s life.
  • 22. ISTE Technology Standards
    • NETS 3-5 Performance Standards: 1. Use keyboards and other common input and output devices (including adaptive devices when necessary) efficiently and effectively. (1)
    • 5. Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom. (3, 4)
    • 7. Use telecommunications and online resources (e.g., e-mail, online discussions, Web environments) to participate in collaborative problem-solving activities for the purpose of developing solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom. (4, 5)
  • 23. Technology Used
    • Teacher:
        • Smartboard
        • Computer
        • Projector
    • Students:
        • Computer
        • Digital Camera
        • iMove
        • GarageBand
        • Kids Vid- Web 2.0 tool
  • 24. Teacher Preparation
    • Copy handouts:
      • Life of Picasso, KWHL Chart
      • Blue Period, Rose Period, and Cubism research sheets
      • Storyboard
      • Rubric for each student
    • Determine how many teams
    • Make sure all URL’s are working for video’s & sample movies.
  • 25. Teacher Preparation
    • Gather Materials:
            • Modeling tools, wiggle eyes, soft wire and a work mat
            • Modeling clay: flesh tone, black, red, blue, yellow, green and orange
            • Background Supplies: Construction paper, cardboard scissors, glue, tape, markers, crayons and scrape material
    • Make sure all batteries are charges in digital cameras,
    • Make sure all cameras have memory cards
      • Cables for cameras
  • 26. Teacher Preparation
    • Make sure Smartboard and projector are in sync
    • Check that all computers have the following programs installed and work:
          • iMovie
          • GarageBand
  • 27. Timeline
  • 28. Vocabulary
    • Cubism: a style of art which is formed by many geometric shapes.
    • Profile: a head or face which is either seen or drawn from the side.
    • Self Portrait: a drawing/painting of one’s self.
    • Symbolism: using symbols or objects to represent something.
  • 29. Technology Used Effectively
    • It is evident that the technology used in this lesson is being used effectively.
      • Students use the Internet to research information, gather images and to use the Web 2.0 tool (KidsVid)
      • Students work in teams to create clay animation movies incorporating multimedia tools and digital images.
      • Students choose to add text, sound, images to enhance the effectiveness of their projects
      • Students troubleshoot camera and network connections as they research and take digital pictures