Classroom teachers usually have a lesson plan for the first week of school that is about getting to know the students in the classroom. These art projects are similar in theme, but can also be used to assess the skills of a class. They allow the student to express their own ideas, and allow the teacher to see what kinds of skills they have; if they follow instructions well, if they stay in their seats, and what they already know how to do. The knowledge gained from observing them work on their own will allow the teacher to choose lesson plans that meet their needs and abilities.
Youth group leaders can also use these activities to meet the program requirements, and allow the members to express their own likes and dislikes.
Use magazines and newspaper advertising sections to create a collage about yourself. Ask the students to find something that illustrates something about them. The illustrations can include a favorite subject, hobby, favorite sport or team, what they do together as a family, group or extracurricular activity, and what they want to be when they grow up.
American Indians, or Native Americans, used totem poles to symbolize their tribe. The most important person, the chief, was at the top. They used symbols to represent the character of the person.
Draw a symbol for each person in your family on an 11 by 4 inch sheet of white paper. Wrap and glue the sheet to a paper towel tube to make a totem pole. Add construction paper wings or feathers to the top. Show and tell your pole to the class.
Some schools cover the text books with paper covers. Discuss what a theme is, and ask the students to draw a picture that relates to the theme of the book. Draw an arrangement of symbols on heavy paper. Do not use markers, because they will smear when held in sweaty hands.
Andy Warhol once said “everyone is famous for fifteen minutes” meaning that each person has a shining moment or something to be proud of. Draw a picture of yourself that illustrates your finest moment, your talent, or something good that you got a lot of attention for.
Every person has a story to tell. A book about a person is a biography. Books contain illustrations that are drawn by artists who work for the publisher. Art work of famous people is called historical art. A picture of a person is a portrait. Before cameras were created, artwork was the only way to capture history.
Make a picture book about yourself. Fold three sheets of typing paper in half to make a book. Staple the pages along the fold. The first page is the cover. Beginning on the first inside page, write these words on each page, and illustrate the words with pictures. This is a story about (name). He/she is (age). (Name) goes to (school). (Name) loves (curriculum subject or class). At recess (name) plays (sport). After school, (name) goes to (activity, group). This is (name’s) family. The family likes to (activity). (Name) admires (hero or favorite person) because they (virtue). When (name) grows up, he/she wants to be a (career).
Think about what you want to be when you grow up. Draw a picture of yourself doing that job.
Old manuscripts were often illustrated with illuminated letters. The first letter was made extra-large, and decorated in a way that related to the book or story. Illuminate the first letter of your first name. Decorate it in a way that relates to who you are.
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