Clouds and Visual Arts Teaching Critical Thinking Strategies in the Classroom through Aesthetic Experiences Created By: Jackie Zwingel
Observe clouds pictures from online museums. Describe similarities and differences between them.
Observe clouds outside in the sky. Write descriptions and draw pictures of what you see.
Use a variety of art materials to create cloud pictures.
Write descriptions to accompany cloud pictures.
Create cloud pictures using Kid Pix.
Use digital cameras to take pictures of clouds.
Share artwork and digital pictures with the class.
Students will look at cloud pictures from my online museum site:
http://www.artsconnected.org/resource/102522/clouds . I will record their descriptions on chart paper.
Read Little Cloud by Eric Carle
I will take the students outside to observe the clouds in the sky.
Each day the students will complete a portion of the “Watching the Sky” worksheet.
Each student will create a Cloud Book. Each book will contain nine pages.
Page 1 – Students written description of cumulus clouds
Page 2 - Students paint a picture that contains cumulus clouds
Page 3 – Students use cotton balls to create and form cumulus clouds
(Repeat the above steps for stratus and cirrus clouds).
We will go to the computer lab where the students will create cloud pictures using Kid Pix.
Students share their artwork and pictures with the class.
At any point during our ten day cloud unit, students may bring in photographs of clouds they have taken. I will compile all of these pictures into a slideshow that our class will watch at the end of our unit.
Assessment Rubric Participates in classroom discussions Shares artwork and pictures with the class Completes Kid Pix project Completes Cloud Book with neatness and accuracy Accurately completes “Watching the Sky” worksheet Novice 1 Partially Proficient 2 Proficient 3 Clouds and Visual Arts
“ Watching the Sky” worksheet
Kid Pix software
Carle, Eric. (1996). Little Cloud. New York, NY: Philomel Books
Minneapolis Institute of Arts. (n.d). Artsconnected: Tools for teaching the arts . Retrieved July 30, 2009 from http:// www.artsconnected.org /
Slideshare. http:// www.slideshare.net /
I had a great time developing this project. This project incorporates many different learning styles and allows students many hands-on experiences. I feel that the students will be highly motivated because they will be involved in every part of the lesson. Using art allows the students opportunities to express themselves in a variety of ways and encourages creativity.