The 6th Grade Art Masters project plan follows the Social Studies curriculum. The “Civilizations” series of prints is available for the 6th Grade Curriculum. 6th Grade Art Masters volunteers should coordinate with the teachers so that the appropriate lesson is taught in conjunction with the topic being covered in class. Please be aware that there will not be a 6th Grade Art Masters lesson each month. Also, volunteers have found it to be most effective to teach the lesson to all the 6th grade classes at once, and then split up into separate classrooms for the project. A “Smart Board” will be need for most lessons.
Below is a brief overview of each lesson. Detailed speaking points and learning tools are available in the Art Masters storage room at the school.
- Cave Painting – At the end of this lesson, the students will simulate their own cave painting by drawing an animal figure on sandpaper. Materials for this lesson include a binder of information, a CD, animal models, and a sample painting on sandpaper. Sandpaper should be cut into appropriate size pieces ahead of time. Use crayons in “natural” colors such as red, amber, brown, gray, etc.
- Ancient Egypt – At the end of this lesson, students will use polymer clay to make a scarab beetle bead. It is best to buy the clay ahead of time when it is on sale. You can make approximately 4 scarabs per block of clay. Use dark blue for the most authentic results.
- China – At the end of this lesson, students will make tunics out of brown paper, and dress as the Terra Cotta warriors. Large rolls of brown paper should be cut to the right size in advance.
- Rome – At the end of the lesson, students will use paper squares to create a decoupaged mosaic. Materials may be purchased from Dick Blick.
- Greece – At the end of the lesson, students will make decorative urns, using a technique to transfer the image onto paper. The will pencil over the entire image and then flip it over, so that the pencil marks are face down. They will then trace over the image printed on the back of the paper, thus, transferring the image.
- Mesopotamia – Students will play the Royal Game of Ur. This project is done in groups of 4, so there will be about 6 groups per class. The students will make game pieces out of air dry clay and make up rules to their own game.
- Renaissance – At the end of the lesson, students will either make a portrait of a person, using a pre-made polymer clay head, or they will do a marbled paper project. It is up to the volunteers to decide.