Shannon Allan is a first grade teacher in Sparks, Nevada. She is currently working with a team teacher and enjoys sharing writing ideas with her partner. Shannon loves to incorporate art with her writing lessons.
The Art Lesson:
This writing and art project was written by Northern Nevada teacher Shannon Allan during the NNWP's inservice class on Art & Writing Projects. Shannon is a first grade teacher in Northern Nevada.
This page contains the art portion of this two-part lesson. Click here to view the accompanying writing lesson plan.
Art Lesson Overview:
Students paint a picture using marbles and tempera paint. Students copy their finished bird poems onto their dried paintings.
White paper for each student
1 marble for each student
Tempura paint (desired colors) on a plate or something similar
1 box top or tray with sides for each student
Wet wipes for each student
Art Lesson Instructions:
paper so it's an appropriate size to fit inside the box lids or trays the students will use.
Have the students dip their marble in one color of paint and roll the paint-covered marble around on top of their paper, which should be inside their tray or box top.
Have students use their wet wipe to clean off the marble; then have them dip it into the next color paint and then roll the marble around on their paper again.
Repeat until all colors of paint have been used. Encourage them to keep it their designs simple by showing them a teacher-made example.
We're Seeking Photographed Student Samples:
Teachers: We're looking for photographed student samples for this lesson that we can feature here. Do you have a revised and edited sample to share? Take a photo of the final product, and send attachments to us at email@example.com. Please write "Bird Verb Poems" in your e-mail's subject line. If we publish your sample here, we will send you a complimentary copy of one of the NNWP's Print Publications for your classroom.