I have two more lessons packaged up this week for you to explore. These are both favorites of my 3rd and 4th graders. Since they were "repeat" lessons, meaning I would try teaching it again over the years, the lessons guides include my best tricks, tips, or techniques to help students engage and succeed.
I have done a presentation called Creative Digital Projects that turn Stem to STEAM at three conferences over the past couple of years. These 45-50 minute presentations include a bizillion ideas in a media packed keynote file that I have trouble sharing online. However I did create a condensed version of the presentation for the AOE Online Conference last summer. The presentation has been behind a pay wall for one year and can finally come out for public consumption now. The following lessons are shared in the video below. Learn more from my links. Also, see Wes Fryer's review of my live presentation at the Illinois Computer Educator's Conference here.
American Gothic Spoof
Fourth Graders are putting the final touches on our American Gothic spoof project. We explored this painting throughan interactive lesson, watched an edited SNL skit about it, listened to a song about it, watched commercials featuring it, and so much more. Look at my past posts to see all these fun learning experiences and look below to see our results!
My fourth grade students worked on a double portrait drawing (in a frontal pose and three-quarters pose) of the two characters in the famous American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. I photographed them for our online gallery before they were reworked into spoofs and painted. See examples below or the entire gallery here.
American Gothic Spoof-o-Matic
A student asked this week, "What makes a painting famous?"
I thought about it for a minute and said, when it becomes popular enough to be recognizable. One way you can tell that a piece of art is famous is because it found its way to the popular culture as a spoof.
How would you answer this?
My fourth graders are preparing to create a spoof of Grant Wood's American Gothic.
Update: I packaged up the drawing guide
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