This lesson was done for Women’s History Month. It is based on the image “Dancing at the Museum” by Faith Ringgold.
I shared information about Faith Ringgold with my students and gave them small printouts of famous art. They glued those on and created an art museum around them.
Once that was finished, they drew an image of themselves and if they had time a few other people. They cut those out and added them to their background.
Because March is Women’s History month my classes all were introduced to a different woman artist.
Grade three learned about Beatrix Potter and her water color illustrations of animals. They learned that she was also a sheep farmer, preservationist and business woman.
They could use watercolor, colored pencils, sharpie or any combination of those and could choose to do any of her animas or one of their own anthropomorphic animals.
They all chose Peter Rabbit. Probably because it is spring time.
I really like the work of Alma Thomas. Her art is cheerful and fun with lots of color.
“Thomas became an important role model for women, African Americans, and older artists. She was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, and she exhibited her paintings at the White House three times.”
Doing a lesson based on the work of Alma Thomas is a great choice for February and March when we study Black History Month then Women’s History Month.
It was a great project to supplement the Kindergarten classroom lessons about weather and rainbows.
We did these with my clothespin and sponge paint daubers that I made after seeing them in a preschool classroom.