Jul 25, 2013

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Cut Paper Circus: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: PreK-2 Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Shape

Art Skills: Cutting, Gluing, Care and Use of Materials

Making Connections: Collage, Animals, Problem Solving

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This is one of my favorite lessons of all times!  I start by showing students the work of Henri Matisse as an inspiration.  His work is bold and bright and his series The Circus (Jazz) from 1943 is a wonderful segue into this lesson.  Students are encouraged to build their scene out of shapes without the use of pencils, which is an age-appropriate problem-solving challenge.  Some student will need a little further guidance to get the hang of it and some will hit the ground running!  I suggest circling the room to check for understanding on Day 1.

Sometimes, on Day 2, I begin by reading a few pages of If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss.  His book is filled with exciting language that helps students come up with a thrilling title.  As students finish up on Day 2, I buzz around the room and record their circus titles (some of which are hilarious!).  It’s the perfect finishing touch to make this lesson extra special.



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  • UTown

    You could also show students Calder’s Circus. When I was a Graduate Assistant I had beginning sculpture students watch these videos and make figures out of colored wire ( http://www.dickblick.com/products/twisteez/ ) and wood beads.



    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Heather Crockett

      So neat! Thank you for sharing!

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