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  Alaskan Animals and Franz Marc:  Students study the animal paintings of Franz Marc, a German painter. They look for simple shapes in the animals that he painted, and also in the Alaskan animals that they will draw. Each student makes one animal pattern and traces it to make a group of animals. They design their art using overlapping animals and warm, cool and neutral colors schemes   Download this lesson plan
  Arctic Circle Prints:  Students are inspired by prints made by Northern Canadian artists living in the arctic community of Cape Dorset. Students draw an arctic animal  in the Cape Dorset style and transfer it to a styrofoam “printing plate,” color the plate with markers, and make several prints by pressing the colored plate on dampened paper. Download this lesson plan 
Bionic Bugs:  Students learn about the amazing technology developing around live insects with computer chips placed on them. They create their own cyborg insect, in 3-dimensional paper collage, complete with a computer chip illustrated with “micro art.”  Download this lesson plan  
  Building Relationships with 3-D Alaskan Animals:  Day 1: Students make 3-D Alaskan animals out of tag board .Day 2:  Each table group creates a 3-D environment and arranges their animals in a realistic scene, thinking about animal relationships in the wild.  Students also learn about perspective: foreground, middle ground and background. They conclude by making a small scene of their own.  Download this lesson plan 

Building with Texture:  Students explore and discuss different textures as they look at shelters built around the world with resources available in different areas. Students create a  texture collage about shelter or “forts” on a piece of construction paper with various materials such as sandpaper.

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  Celebrating the Elements:  Students discuss art made by the famous American Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. They look for the elements of art, using the art vocabulary, Then they use these elements to develop a drawing/painting/collage.  Download this lesson plan
  Chilkat Robe; Fringe Around the Body:  Students study different design styles of Chilkat robes and learn about the materials used to weave these robes. They then assemble a paper puzzle robe, piece by piece using a pattern board as a guide, just as weavers have done for centuries.   Download this lesson plan
Clay Figures-Art in Public Places:  After hearing the story of Leonardo da Vinci’s giant horse sculpture, students will imagine the role of an artist creating a sculpture for a public place, like a park, school or airport.  They will learn techniques for hand-building with clay and make a small model of a sculpture they would like to make for the community.  Download this lesson plan 
  Clay Pots with Maria Martinez:  Students learn about pueblo potter, Maria Martinez.  Students make a “pinch pot” and add “coils,” learning proper techniques.  Students design a “motif” which represents something from our natural environment and paint it on the pot in a repeating pattern with underglaze. Pots are fired by teacher in a kiln, or with assistance from the art specialist.  Download this lesson plan
  Deep Space:  Students learn how to use a light source to create  a sphere from a circle. Students create planets using oil pastels and learn a blending technique to give the impression of form. By arranging the planets and accenting the composition with stars and shooting stars, the finished product creates the illusion of Deep Space.  Download this lesson plan
Dog Mushing: Printing and Sprinting:  Students learn about the different distances of dog mushing races in the Arctic Winter Games and compare and contrast them with the longer distance races of interior Alaska. Students design an abstract printmaking plate with a sprinting dog team and athlete. They hand color their print. Download this lesson plan 
  Expressionist Environment:  Students look at 2D and 3D art and artists. They create their own 3D environment using paper folding and cutting techniques. Embellishments are added with color and pattern.  Download this lesson plan
  Faith Ringgold Memory Quilt:  This lesson is designed to be taught in two sessions. Students study the work of artist, teacher, author and illustrator Faith Ringgold. They create a story quilt with a well-developed drawing based on a personal memory. Finished work includes a written memory sentence and a colorful pieced border.  Download this lesson plan
  Flower Parts:  Students are introduced to flower anatomy, after learning about the life and work of botanist Elizabeth Britton. They use oil pastels and shading techniques to create flower parts and assemble these parts to make a flower relief. Includes writing lesson!  Download this lesson plan
  Frog in Monet's Pond:  Share two children’s books about Monet (included).  Monet’s lily pad paintings are discussed before students draw lily pads with oil pastels. Wet-on-wet is experienced as students paint their pond. Finally, students are taught to draw frogs, which are cut out and added to the pond.  Download this lesson plan
  Keith Haring Action Figures:  Students work in the style of Keith Haring as they draw and then cut out brightly colored action figures. Embellishment with oil pastels shows movement. Includes writing lesson!  Download this lesson plan
Lines and Textures of the Sea:  Students look at photos of the sea for the lines and textures found in nature. They refer to Dale DeArmond’s prints for inspiration, then create a sea-themed design of lines and textures. This is inscribed into Styrofoam then printed as an edition of three blockprints. Download this lesson plan 
  Magic Machines:  Students learn about simple machines and how they work by looking at and discussing examples. They invent their own machine using colored markers and ingenuity. Includes writing lesson!  Download this lesson plan
  Me in Motion:  Students use construction paper and telephone wire to create a balanced mobile that represents themselves and things they like.   Download this lesson plan
  Moon Moods:  Students create a Tlingit style cut out paper moon to use in making rubbings with crayons.  In their rubbings students depict the moon in different phases to show different emotions that they may be feeling or have felt.  Download this lesson plan
  Murals of Our Towns and Villages:  Students learn about muralist Diego Rivera and how he used perspective to show near and far. A mural of their own town or village is drawn after planning the important resources, buildings, animals and landmarks that need to be included. Includes writing lesson!  Download this lesson plan
  Nightscapes Scratch Art:  This lesson highlights the art of Caldecott award winning artist, Beth Krommes, the illustrator of The House in the Night.  Students create a scratch art card in her style, showing perspective and a focal point. Several copies of each student’s original can be made on the copier, thus creating a set of cards, including an “original” and “reproductions.”  Download this lesson plan
  One Liners:  Students use Picasso’s technique of one-line sketching to draw their classmate's ideas. The subject of the drawings can be directed by current curricular subjects.  Download this lesson plan
  Optical Illusions:  Students observe the graphic art of M.C. Escher.  They reproduce simple optical illusions, which require measuring and awareness of parallel and perpendicular lines.  Students add creative drawings and texture rubbings, then finish the piece by writing a sentence about the optical illusion.  Download this lesson plan
  Parts to Whole Shoe Drawings:  In this lesson, students use a magnifying glass to carefully study the different parts of their shoe.  They record the “parts” and the “whole” in careful line drawings.  Acting as “scientific engineers,” they add a new part which they think would improve the shoe.  Students consider that things are made of many parts which come together to make a whole.  Download this lesson plan
  Picasso Portraits:  Students look at 6 Picasso portraits to see the difference between realistic and abstract styles, and the characteristics of the Cubist style. They learn how to draw facial features and the correct placement on a face. A portrait collage is made from their practice pieces, along with embellished clothing.  Download this lesson plan
  Poetry Animation:  Flip-its!:  “Flip-its” are a fun way to learn about the art of animation and how it works. Students create an original character from a shape, giving it personality and movement. Students write a short poem about their flip-it using “opposite” words. Download this lesson plan 
  Private Eye:  Fingerprint Analogies:  Students observe carefully, seeing the patterns and shapes of fingerprints through a magnifying “jewelers loupe,” then draw and paint a colorful large scale version of the fingerprint.  They think of “analogies;” what else does their fingerprint remind them of? Creative writing is a natural extension of this lesson. Includes writing lesson! Download this lesson plan 
  Puppets with Jim Henson:  Students develop their very own puppet characters using ideas frompuppeteer, Jim Henson. They learn the difference between marionettes,puppets and muppets. Construction paper is used to create a puppet with a moveable mouth.  Download this lesson plan
  Quilting with Fractions and Symmetry:  Students learn about the extensive and interesting history of quilt making.  They then cut shapes from paper squares, and, using equivalent fractions they design center and border squares with vertical, horizontal and diagonal symmetry. Download this lesson plan 
Scientific Drawing: Feathers:  Students are inspired by the work of local scientific artist, Kathy Hocker.  Using a feather (included) as a model, they create a "scientific notebook page" which includes a detailed drawing, close-up view, and written scientific comments which include observations, inferences and questions about the feather. Download this lesson plan 
  Spectrum of Constellations:  Students create a colorful piece of artwork depicting a constellation found in the northern sky. Students paint the full spectrum of colors found in light for the background. They learn their order as found in nature (rainbows): red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Metallic marker and star stickers are added to create a stellar effect!  Download this lesson plan
  Warm and Cool Leaf Colors:  This lesson teaches students about warm and cool colors and how we are affected by color.  Students draw and cut a stencil of a local leaf shape and print a series of prints.  Two banners of student prints are created to emphasize warm and cool colors.  Students trade a print with another student to discover the effect of combining warm and cool colors.  Download this lesson plan
  Watercolor: Poetry as Inspiration:  Students learn watercolor techniques.  Class reads poems inspired by the night sky. Each student visualizes their favorite line in the poem and illustrates it in watercolor.  Download this lesson plan
Weaving Tree:  Students learn about the world-wide "fiber art" of weaving. They learn weaving vocabulary and make a weaving sample, with yarn on a paper plate, where the "warp" forms the trunk and branches, and the "weft" are the colors of a tree. Download this lesson plan 
  Window to Raven and Eagle:  Students learn about raven and eagle moiety in Tlingit culture and create a tissue paper collage that can be displayed in the window. Studentʼs artwork includes an eagle or a raven silhouette, tissue in traditional colors, and a frame which includes the shapes “ovoid,” “u-shape” and “s-shape.”  Download this lesson plan
  Winter Geometry:  Students find geometric shapes in artwork of cityscapes and photos of real snowflakes. Using pattern block stamps they design and cut out  six-sided snow-flakes, discovering radial symmetry. The arrangement of snowflakes on construction paper becomes a collage.  Download this lesson plan
  Zoom-in on Southeast Alaska:  Students trace portions of Southeast Alaska maps (included), then locate an imaginary “special place” on this map. They name their place with a Tlingit-style place name.  A small detailed watercolor painting shows a “zoom-in” view of this special place.  Download this lesson plan