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Lesson Plan Template 1

NAME: Jocelyn Wallinger

Date: 12/10/14
ECE Art/Art Integration Lesson Plan Template
LTC 4240: Art for Children
Lesson Title & Big Idea:
Abstract Expression: Inspired by Joan Mitchell
The big idea of this lesson is that something can come from nothing. Students will get to not only create their own work,
but also talk about why/if this is considered art.
Lesson Overview/Summary:
In this activity, we will have a discussion after looking at some art by Joan Mitchell. In this discussion, we will talk about
what they see, any interpretations, if it is/should be considered art, and how they think it was made. Then, the students
will have the chance to create their own abstract art similar to this type of art. Hopefully by creating their own, they will
begin to think outside of the box and become more inclusive/open to new ideas when it comes to art. This is also
beneficial for daily use. Then, we will have a follow up discussion about what they got out of it.

Grade Level /Month:

3rd grade: October

Class Periods Required:

This lesson will take one 45
minute session.

Key Concept(s):
Analyzing famous art. Interpretation. Deciding what art is. Express yourself
abstractly however you think Joan Mitchell did it.

Essential Questions (Found on the national visual arts standards chart):

What is art? Is this art, why/why not? How did she do this? Tell me about
your work.

Art Standards:
Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and

Core Academic Standards (Common Core State Standards and Missouri

State Standards)

Speculate about processes an artist uses to create a work of art.
Interpret art by analyzing use of media to create subject matter,
characteristics of form, and mood.

Visual Art GLEs Third Grade:

1. (Artistic Perceptions) Compare different responses students may
have to the same artwork
2. (Elements and Principles) Identify and use invented textures.

Lesson Plan Template 2

1. Display a picture of Joan Mitchells art. Begin a discussion about that
2. Questions to ask the students while looking at the art: What do you
see? How did she make this? What do you think was going through
her mind as she made this? Is this art? Why do you think it is worth so
much? Should it be considered art? High quality art? Make room for
other questions or comments.

Procedure Continued:
3. Have students create their own abstract pieces using paint and
4. Have a discussion about their processes and thoughts now.
5. Questions to ask after they make their own: What went through
your mind as you made this? Would you consider your piece art?
Have your thoughts changed from before?

What prior knowledge will this lesson require/draw upon?

How to handle paint tools. Appropriate artful behavior. Supply location for setup and cleanup.
What activities will you use to engage students in imagining, exploring, and/or experimenting in this lesson?
Students can share during the discussion what they think the picture represents, if anything. Then, they will explore and experiment with paint to create
similar yet unique abstract art.
How will this lesson encourage students to solve problems in divergent ways?
Students will have to think about the discussion questions and come up with their own beliefs. While painting, will use those ideas and understandings to
help begin to make their own work. If their plan does not produce the results they want, they will have to come up with a different technique.

What opportunities/activities will students be given to revise/reflect and improve their understandings and their work?
Once students have created their own pieces, they can make other abstract art using any other media. This will expand their exploration and encourage
further reflection. We will reflect on understandings during the second discussion.
What opportunities/activities will you provide for students to share their learning/understanding/work in this lesson?
I would love to have some of these pieces hanging around the room. Of course that would be up to the individual artist, but I would encourage them to share
it with the class. If not, they can take it home when it dries or put it in their portfolio. In order for me to know if the lesson was successful, I would have to
see how the second discussion goes. If the students seem more open/accepting of art, I would say they got the point.
Joan Mitchell artwork images. Retrieved from: