Display Nasher artworks where students can view all images.
Review primary and secondary colors with students. For a fun activity, spread shaving cream on a surface and drop food coloring in primary colors into the cream. Use your fingers to mix the colors in. Mix them together to show secondary colors.
Discuss the art images with students. Focus on the primary and secondary colors in each piece of art.
Explain that students will sort the Nasher artworks based on the use of primary and secondary colors. Demonstrate with two artworks. Compare and contrast the differences between the two artworks in your example. Remind students that they will need to explain their rationale for their sorting/classifications.
Place several art images on student tables. Divide students into small groups. Have students sort/classify the images.
Monitor the process. While roving, inquire as to the students’ rationale for classifications.
Have students rotate tables and either agree with the previous group’s classification or reclassify the images. Have the students explain their decision.
As a group, discuss why and how students sorted the artwork. Ask students to support their decisions with details from the artworks.
Review primary and secondary colors. Review the sorting activity from the previous day.
Discuss the components of an information piece of writing: name the topic, supply facts/details, closure. Explain that naming the topic should be a brief description of the piece (content). Remind students that facts about the artwork should include medium, colors, and subject. Closure should include at least one thought about the piece.
As a class, select one piece of artwork. Model the writing process with the class. Have students provide input for the shared writing piece.
Conclude the session with a whole group read and any additional comments about the writing process.
Display shared writing from the previous day. Review components of an informational piece of writing.
Have students select one piece of art to write about in their informational writing piece. Students will write about their selected artwork while teacher monitors the writing process and provides support as necessary.
Review lessons from the previous three days; picture classification, shared writing, and independent writing. Review primary and secondary colors.
Explain to students that they will create their own artwork using either primary colors OR secondary colors. Review proper use of art materials.
Have students create their artwork using either primary or secondary colors.
Have students share their artwork with the class. Students explain their use of primary or secondary colors.