I’m always searching for one session lessons. You know the type: art projects that don’t take two or three classes to complete. This Joan Miro inspired lesson is one such lesson. I teach this lesson to first grade, but second or third grade would enjoy it as well.
First grade students have a good laugh as I explain shapes and lines, and drawing lines on shapes and lines over lines that sit on shapes…. you get the idea!
As you can see from my whiteboard, I display photocopies/print-outs/calendars of the artist’s work, a sample of the finished lesson and then I demonstrate by drawing lots of examples. I always break the lesson down into bits and pieces.
With the Miro lesson, I spoke about Miro’s art in terms of shapes and lines. Explain the difference, especially for first graders. I like to draw a curvy line and ask them what it is. They say a line and they’re right. Then, I connect the curvy line so that it becomes a shape. This way the kids see how a line and a shape differ.
Big oval head or small triangle head or wiggly, squishy round head. I draw all three and the kids can decide if they would like to copy or try their own version. I do the same for the body, giving lots of options.
I set out Crayola broad tip markers and black medium tip markers and let the kids color. Because there are only a few large shapes to color, this lesson takes just one 40-minute session