OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

MATH
Discuss symbolism and the relationships found in art and math. For example parallel lines are similar to an equal sign. The Mobius strip appears visually similar to that of an infinity sign, how many other symbols can be related?

HISTORY
The history of optical illusions can be traced back to the 5th century B.C. and the Greek philosopher Epicharmus. Create a time-line of other famous inventors of optical illusions throughout history.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Have the students write humorous prose that creates an optical illusion about an unrealistic situation. For example write about a person trying to climb a staircase in the art by MC Escher called “Relativity”.

SCIENCE
Epicharmus believed that even if our mind knows and understands everything clearly, the sensory organs deceive us and present an optical illusion. Discuss how optical illusions can play tricks on the mind.

EXTENSION
Try making a game board using an optical illusion. Use air dry clay to sculpt playing pieces in crooked shapes, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the “Crooked House” from the storybook rhyme.

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NOTE HOLDER

MATH
Talk about mirror images and determine what happens when a shape is reflected on a vertical axis. Make connections to size and scale of objects.

HISTORY
Discuss the historical significance of the dragonfly and what it symbolizes in different cultures. It often refers to a type of positive change.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Make connections between words and communication skills. Set up clues in the note holders and place them in various areas, then give students the first note holder with a hint as to where they can find the next one. Each note holder will give a clue until the last one is found.

SCIENCE
Disuses the numerous species of dragonflies, look at the size of their eyes in relationship to their head. Talk about the long migration patterns and try to map a route using the note holder to denote facts about their journey.

EXTENSION
Try creating a pencil station where the dragonfly can hold writing implements needed in class. Attach them to the edge of a dry erase board to draw attention to special notes.

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NEOPLASTICISM

MATH
Squares and rectangles are geometric shapes. Use math figure out the area of each shape. Add up the vertical and horizontal planes, discuss the quantities and contrast and compare the differences between various pieces of art.

HISTORY
In the early 1900’s the term Neoplasticism, was coined by an artist named Piet Mondrian. Create a gallery of art samples on a world map showing other popular styles of art from different cultures, during this same time period.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Look at words used to define different styles of art during the same time period as Neoplasticism, and show visual examples to go along with the identification of each piece, for example Fauvism, Expressionism and Surrealism.

SCIENCE

Neoplasticism influenced the science behind somearchitectural structures found in different parts of the world. Try constructing a small scale building and paint it using colors and designs with black lines and primary colors, similar to the
art of Piet Mondrian.

EXTENSION
Try recreating this style of art in other areas, like painting (or knitting) a scarf or baking a cake using the bold black horizontal and vertical lines with blocks of primary colors.

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MOSAIC BEETLE

MATH
Geometric shapes are interesting to study, Have the students count and add up how many straight sides are needed to construct the mosaic beetle shape. How many circular shapes? What is the ratio between the straight lines versus the circles?

HISTORY
Mosaics have been a popular art form in many cultures globally. Dating back over 4,000 years ago. Mosaics may have been made of seashells, stones, or other small decorative pieces. Early samples may be found from Ancient Greece and in the relics of the Roman Empire. Talk about how modern day mosaics have changed, and what role they play as an art form.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Try writing a sentence about the beetle, but use a creative path for the type to follow, for example up the jagged bark of a tree. Mix and match ink color and letter styles.

SCIENCE
Discuss what role the beetle plays in nature. Identify different types of beetles and make a chart showing where they are most likely to be found. Create a beetle mosaic and glue it to a magnet to hold up the student’s chart.

EXTENSION
Create small coaster size tiles using mosaic pieces. Sell the coasters along with some refreshments at a school fund-raiser. Try adding paper designs around water bottles to match the coaster designs.

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MAY DAY BASKETS

MATH
Talk about the study of rotation and degrees. At what angle must the type or pictures be flipped or rotated so the finished pieces will look like it is being viewed right side up?

HISTORY
The history of May Day had been a long standing tradition in many different countries. Discuss its origin and what other customs from other countries are celebrated in a similar fashion.

LANGUAGE ARTS
What could make the beautiful basket of flowers more complete than a love letter to Mom or a special loved one. Make sure spelling and punctuation are correct. Spray the letter with a hint of perfume and place it in the lovely basket with the flowers. This is a real keeper.

SCIENCE
Botany is a fascinating study. Discuss what type of plants that could be grown and studied before cutting and arranging them in the basket. Keep in mind color schemes.

EXTENSION
Create an exhibit Let the students play a role in community involvement and donate some May Day baskets to local hospitals or local retirement community centers. Volunteer with agencies who visit the home-bound.

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MASKS

MATH
Count and divide, create a mask with both geometric shapes and irregular outlines. Create a graph showing the number of geometric shapes in the design versus free-form shapes. Contrast and compare the numbers of all the mask designs in the class, to determine which style of art was used more frequently.

HISTORY
Different cultures have various traditions for using masks, like religious or spiritual ceremonies. Some cultures use masks to frighten away evil spirits, while other cultures use masks in theatre performances. Create a mask that reflects a specific cultural event.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Come up with a theme for a mask and write an invitation to a party in which everyone gets to wear their own designs, learn the formal elements in writing RSVP’s.

SCIENCE
Some masks resemble animals, how do the characteristics of animals connect to the symbolic design used in the mask. How do animals use their strengths to survive?

EXTENSION
Set up a fashion show runway of the masks created and worn by the students. Invite parents and community supporters, and add music, dance and food to support school fundraising efforts.

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MARBLE ART

MATH
Discuss converting numbers. For example glass melts roughly at temperatures of 2,600F – 2,900F, what would this number be if converted to celicus?

HISTORY
Discuss the origin of glass which dates back several thousands of years. Look at different early cultures associated with glass like Egyptian and Roman. How did the Venetian glass-makers refine the art of glass-making

LANGUAGE ARTS
Have the student design creative letters, one for each marble and then let them mix and match the letters to unscramble (or make) words.

SCIENCE
Talk about how glass is made, including the three major ingredients sand, soda ash and limestone. What chemical changes take place when these ingredients are heated at high temperatures?

EXTENSION
Create a butterfly or vegetable garden and edge it with stones that contain images of insects and butterflies. Invite other classes to visit your exotic garden and have a tea party using fresh herbs and use the glass marbles to label the plants.

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LEAF MARGIN NATURE JOURNAL

MATH
The repeating branching and extension of the higher order veins forms a sequential growth pattern. Identify the branching and networking of veins from different leaves and create a data chart to show the branching patterns by the numbers.

HISTORY
Study some famous artists throughout history whose art contained images of leaves. Contrast and compare the detail in the various art styles of leaves painted, drawn and photographed.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Using an image of a leaf on paper, try writing around the edge of the leaf, describing its shape, size and color. Try using colored pens or pencils and stylized lettering.

SCIENCE
Using the “Leaf Margin Nature Journal”, go outside and explore, discover and document different types of leaf margins. For printable pages and instructions go to:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Debra-Cline
Personalize the journal pages with original art and fun facts.

Nature Journal

EXTENSION
Create artistic rubbings using leaves on card stock, and see who can identify the leaf. Cut and paste the leaf artwork into a collaborative collage and display on the school bulletin board.

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KINEOGRAPH

MATH
The human eye and brain can only process 10 to 12 separate images per second, retaining an image for up to a fifteenth of a second. How many images can the eye and brain process during a 30 minute cartoon?

HISTORY
The kineograph was invented by John Linnett in the late 1800’s. Walt Disney is famous for creating cartoon illustrations, discuss how technology has effected the design of animations.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Cartoons can be a satirical or humorous drawing, and incorporate the study of language, including sociolinguistics (words used in social norms), and dialectology or regional differences in a language. Create a unique kineograph that reflects a specific cultural norm.

SCIENCE
The animation works because of something known as the persistence of vision. Discuss how the brain and eye connect when viewing optical illusions.

EXTENSION
Try adding sound effects to your animation, similar to the techniques used on a foley stage. Record and play back the finished animations during a special movie day with popcorn and credit lines.

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JAPANESE PAPER DOLL BOOKMARKS

MATH
Have a class discussion on angles and folds, determine the area of the various triangles when folded to create the Japanese Doll Bookmark.

HISTORY
Originally, “kimono” was the Japanese word for clothing, however more recently, the word has been used to refer specifically to traditional Japanese clothing. Contrast and compare the history of fashion design in different cultures.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Study the Japanese form of writing called Kanji and try to recreate this logographic style of writing on the bookmark to contain a special message or sentiment.

SCIENCE
Owen Jones was a well known design theorist of the nineteenth century. He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still makes connections with contemporary designers today. Try adding patterns on the bookmark to create color patterns and discuss the psychology behind the designs.

EXTENSION
Host a paper bookmark fashion show. Enjoy some tea and Japanese treats. Play some Japanese music in the background. Display books for children on Japanese cultures and traditions.

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