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ABCs of Art / P-Q-R-S-T-U-V | Arts & Activities
Jun 2015

ABCs of Art / P-Q-R-S-T-U-V

A Theme-Based Yearlong CurriculumABCsLOGO

“P & Q” ~ Picasso Paper Quilt
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The following are additional “Alpha Art” lesson plan for the letters “R-S-T-U-V”:

LETTERS: T & U ~ Texture and Unity Collages
LEVELS: Kindergarten – Grade 1


1. Students look closely at artwork examples using texture and unity.

2. Students discuss warm- and cool-color palettes, and select one to use throughout the lesson.

3. Students divide their paper up into four equal squares, using their measuring skills.

4. Students then manipulate the paper and figure out 0310bwhich colors they will put into each square. They can change the paper in any way, cutting, tearing, adding and taking away pieces to create unique textured art.

5. Students then add paint and oil pastel, again using the same color scheme to keep the unity constant.

6. Students mat their art onto black paper.


K through first-grade students will …
think about the art element of texture and the art principle of unity, and use these two concepts in an abstract artwork.


12″ x 18″ white drawing paper
Cool- or warm-colored papers
Cool or warm watercolor palettes
Art prints that use texture and unity
Water cups
Oil pastels
Black paper

LETTER: S ~ Stella Sculptures
LEVEL: Grade 2


1. Students look at the art of Frank Stella, specifically his large-scale sculptures.

2. Students discuss the importance of recycling and realize they will be using scraps of paper saved from their Kandinsky art project.
>>Click here to view January 2010 Kandinsky web lesson

0310c3. Students cut strips of painted paper, as well as strips from the recycled paper box.

4. Students manipulate these strips onto a black piece of paper, twisting and turning the art and then gluing the edges to create a raised, three-dimensional effect.

5. Students blend chalk around the border to enhance the final artworks.

6. Students mat their art onto butcher paper, creating a class mural of Stella-inspired art.


Student art is hung together on the pole, giving it a whole new meaning. Ask students to try to “read” the images of their classmates and tell a class story via the art!


Second-grade students will …
think about the art of Frank Stella.

think about the importance of recycling.

take 2-D pieces of materials and manipulate them to be 3-D.


12″ x 18″ black paper
Recycled art paper from the Kandinsky lesson
Multicolored construction paper scraps
Stella art prints

LETTER: R ~ Rauschenberg Collages
LEVEL: Grade 4


1. Students look closely at the collaged and printed artworks of Robert Rauschenberg.

2. Students think about how his art tells stories by reading the pictures, as well as looking at the elements of art used.

3. Students begin to look through used magazines, selecting images that reflect who they are and help portray a story about them.

0310f4. Students cut these images out and glue half of them onto their drawing paper.

5. Students glue the remaining images onto their transparency sheets.

6. Students then lightly blend oil pastel over both the paper-collage piece and the transparency-collage piece.

7. Students dry sponge lightly over the collage work on both pieces. It is best for the teacher to model this, as students tend to go too heavy and the key is to go light, representing the look of a transfer or print.

8. Students then use 3D-O’s to attach their transparency onto their paper art, creating a looking-glass effect, such as Rauschenberg’s Overcast III, at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

9. Students mat and hang their art in an installation.


Fourth-grade students will …
think about the layered art of Robert Rauschenberg.

create art that tells a story using printing and collage techniques.

layer their art.


9″ x 12″ white drawing paper
9″ x 12″ transparency sheets
Oil pastel
Dry sponges
Tempera paint

LETTER: V ~ Van Gogh Visualizing
LEVEL: Grade 5


1. Students look closely at and critique van Gogh’s Starry Night.

2. Students visualize their neighborhood, specifically the details of their houses and the houses of their neighbors.

0310h3. Students visualize their three favorite places, shops, stores, malls, restaurants, churches, etc.

4. Students begin to draw out their neighborhoods in van Gogh’s style, using their permanent markers and adding lines to represent the wind. They should pay particular attention to the placement of their objects, showing understanding of foreground, middle ground and background.

5. Students color these in with crayons using value. The entire piece is colored in, except for the sky.

6. The sky is then painted using a cool-color watercolor wash.

7. Students mat their art and hang it in a van Gogh–inspired installation.


Fifth-grade students will …
think about the art of Vincent van Gogh, specifically Starry Night.

think about their neighborhoods and visualize their houses and favorite places.

use crayon and watercolor to create a piece of individual art.


9″ x 12″ white Bristol board
Permanent markers
Complementary-colored markers


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