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AIE Lesson Plan: Illustration Title: “What’s Your Favorite Season?” Artworks: “Can’t Sit Still” Written by Karen Lotz Illustrations by Colleen Browning “Autumn in the City” “Winter in the City” “Spring in the City” “Summer in the City” st Grade: Kindergarten, 1 grade PA Standards: 9.1.3 E: Demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through the creation of works in the arts. 9.2.3 H: Identify, describe, and analyze the work of Pennsylvania artists in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. 9.4.3 D: Recognize that choices made by artists regarding subject matter and themes communicate ideas through works in the arts and the humanities. Objective Students will become familiar with the process of book illustrating by viewing four watercolor paintings by Colleen Browning. Students will also produce a work of art that depicts their favorite season. Overview: After reading “Can’t Sit Still” by Karen Lotz, the presenter will facilitate a class discussion concerning the illustrations in the book by Colleen Browning, focusing on the role of illustrations in books, the technique and process of book illustrating, and the four seasons. After the discussion, the presenter will introduce a short hands-on activity in conjunction with “Can’t Sit Still.” Materials: Colored pencils Crayons Markers White paper (9x12 or 12x18) Procedure: 1. The presenter will pass out copies of “Can’t Sit Still” to the students. Reading the book aloud, the presenter will encourage students to follow along in their own copies. 2. After reading the book, lead a group discussion concerning the illustrations in “Can’t Sit Still.” 3. Show the four Colleen Browning paintings of the four seasons that can be found in the book. Encourage students to find these paintings in their illustration from in their book. Point out how Browning’s paintings become illustrations. Discuss the four seasons and point out different aspects of Browning’s painting that tell which season is being depicted. 4. Encourage students to share what their favorite season is and why. What kinds of activities do they like to do in Winter? Fall? Summer? Spring? 5. After the discussion, pass out the necessary materials to the students. 6. Instruct students to create a drawing of their favorite season. Encourage the students to include activities they enjoy doing during the season. 7. If time permits, encourage students to share their drawings with the rest of the class.
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