is so much potential for this activity. I've had students paint famous
paintings, Native America patterns
and African Designs. For this particular
lesson, the subject is Aboriginal art from
Australia. This style frequently depicts animals, often using earth
colors. In this activity, students may work alone or in groups of no
more than three to create an aboriginal-style painting. They may choose
any animal or color scheme they wish.
First have the students
research the animal of choice and get a photocopy or printout. Then,
they need to graph the animal onto the ceiling tile. (If you have
not taught students to work with a grid, that lesson
may be a good starting point. It is such a valuable tool.) Soft 6B
pencils work well for drawing on ceiling tiles. It is important to
have a bold and simple design.
how important it is that the students do not to erase on the surface
of the ceiling tile. (If they make a mistake, it will be painted over
anyway.) They must not lean on the surface of the tiles with their
elbows or knees because it will create permanent craters, ruining
the surface of the painting. And, students need to be careful not
to touch the fiberglass any more than absolutely necessary. I strongly
suggest gloves to move the tiles.
frequently have some kind of dots. In this activity students will
use beans to create a three-dimensional effect.
hint: One little trick I learned through experience -- it would
be good to freeze all the beans a week to kill any insects that might
later want to bore their way out of the beans. At least, that was
a problem in Africa.
Helpful hint: I suggest the students paint the seeds first
on Styrofoam trays (two coats). When the seeds are painted, they must
be separated so that no bean touches another. After the paint has
dried, apply a second coat. When it is time to glue the seeds, some
of the Styrofoam will come up with the bean. That isn't a problem
because that flat side can be glued to the surface of the ceiling
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