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* This lesson is part of a Unit with Creature feature, and My Own World. Creature feature was the only section that was taught

LESSON SUMMARY: This lesson is the introductory lesson into the unit. Sketch or doodle books will be created so the students can make their own individual place where they can learn how to express their creative thoughts whether it be through drawing or writing. The students will learn the basics of color theory as well as the elements and principals of design. Within the lesson, they will also learn about the history of the sketchbook and how it was used not only for art based purposes. The students at the end will be given a self-evaluation sheet to explain what they learned about the principals, elements and their imaginations.

BIG IDEA: Creating a space where students can have room to express themselves

Essential Questions:
1.     What is freedom of expression? What does it mean to you?
2.     What do colors mean to you? Why are they important?
3.     How does Tim Burton inspire you to create your sketchbook? What makes his work interesting to you?

Standards/ Objectives  
1.1.5.D.1 - Identify elements of art and principles of design that are evident in everyday life.  
1.3.5.D.4 - Differentiate drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, and computer imaging by the physical properties of the resulting artworks, and experiment with various art media and art mediums to create original works of art.
1.4.5.A.3 - Demonstrate how art communicates ideas about personal and social values and is inspired by an individual’s imagination and frame of reference (e.g., personal, social, political, historical context).  
5.1.4.A.1- Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships among fundamental concepts in the Physical, Life, and Earth systems sciences.

1.     The students will create a space where they can express themselves freely through exploration of different mediums.
2.     The students will demonstrate an understanding of color theory when creating in their own sketchbooks.
3.     The students will define who Tim Burton is and comprehend what he does in the film industry
4.     The students will discover how to play with different artistic mediums by playing in their sketchbook.

Learning Experience
Day 1 - The class will begin with the children entering the classroom and settling down into their group seating. The students will be brought into one area to look at how light looks through a prism. When the light goes through the prism, they could see what it looks like with all of the different colors. They will be asked questions about the colors and where else they are located within the classroom. The students will be asked to wait, as the materials will be passed out to them for their simple color theory lesson. The calmest table will be given their materials first.Materials that will be passed out are the created worksheets for them to learn about colors on. They will also be given a blank sheet of paper for the end.The basics of the packet will be explained. It remains pretty straightforward to teach the students about colors.In this time the students will be doing their worksheet. They will be asking questions to the teacher and to each other about what happens with certain colors. When the students are closing to the end of the packet, the teacher will tell them that the white sheet of paper is there for them to create something from their imagination with the colors that they created! As all of this is going on, the teacher will be walking around the classroom to help the students with any questions and concerns they have. The teacher will also be giving them positive feedback about their work. Clean up time. The students will help put their materials back at the middle of the table for the classes that will come in the rest of the day. The table that is cleaned up and quiet first, with their packets, with their names on them, in front of them, is able to have the teacher sit at their table to do the demonstration for the next class.
Day 2 - The students file in and sit down and are waited on to settle down.  Their tables will already be set up with supplies that they are going to need for class. This way they have more time to create. During this time, the recap of what the students learned last class will happen. The teacher will ask them about their colors that they learned and the information. She will explain to them that they are going to be using colors to create their own doodle book. This book will allow them to express themselves freely. A short conversation about freedom of expression will begin between the teacher and the students. The teacher will explain that the students will be making their own “exploration stations” this means that the students will be able to make their own sketchbooks or “skernals”. This will give the students a place to draw and write their own ideas and feelings in their own space. This is where the step-by-step demo will take place for the students to see the creative processes. The teacher will be doing the demo at the table where the students had cleaned up the best. The teacher will be taking questions from the kids. For the sake of time, majority of the sketchbooks should be pre-constructed before the beginning of class.
1.     Using anywhere from 25-50 sheets of paper stack them on top of a piece of chipboard.
2.     Cut the chipboard (if it isn’t already precut) to the size of the sheets.
3.     Once the edges meet, use the adhesive, apply a generous amount, to combine the paper and the chipboard.
4.     Give the adhesive time to dry. Apply a second coat if needed.
5.     Place paper towels beneath the canvas, just in case the student chooses to play with paints. 
6.     If the student opts to use paint, spray water onto the canvas to let it set.
7.     Glue the sketchpad to the canvas once the placement of the canvas is decided.
8.     The canvas can have a closure added to with string to allow it to hold the sketchbook/skernal be held shut.

Let the kids go back to their seats and give them the material to design the cover of their sketchbook / skernal. They can start using different materials colored pencils, crayons, and paint to create their covers. The teacher will be walking around the classroom to help the kids create and give them positive feedback, as they need it.  
Day 3 - The tables will be set up again with the materials that they will need to doodle on the cover of their skernal/ sketchbook. The students will be expected to come in and sit down. The teacher will do a quick recap of some of the color theory information as well as some of the things that was explained to them in the demo.The students will be given this time to work on and finish up their covers of their books. The teacher will be walking around the classroom to inspect the children’s work to see how much they have done. If the children finish a little early, the teacher can ask them to illustrate their name on the first page of the sketchbook so they know that its theirs. Once the time is over, the students will clean up as quickly as they can to have the teacher sit at their table for the next demonstration.
Day 4 -  Story time will be called. The teacher will show one of Tim Burton’s illustration books. Conversations between the teacher and the students will begin, reflecting on his work and so on. The students will be introduced to their sketchbook/ skernal artist, Tim Burton. They will be all given a fun handout and together as a class it will be read aloud. This way conversation can be made about the artist. The students will be then given free time to explore inside of their skernals. They could draw anything they want to reflect on. The students will be asked to clean up. The group that cleans up the quickest will be able to have the teacher sit at their table for the next demonstration. As they line up to leave, different questions will be asked about what they learned about Tim Burton and what they liked about him, or didn’t like.

Lesson Analysis


Exploration Station!


The student participated and explored their imagination when creating their sketchbook cover.

The student showed an interest in discovering within their sketchbook.

The student was able to understand and retain information on Tim Burton.



The student was able to remember information about color theory and their basic vocabulary list.

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They showed knowledge of color theory and were able to explore their imagination within their skernals.

They used color theory and remained engaged in their discoveries.

When the student was asked quick questions at the end of class, they showed retention of information on Tim Burton.

Through the exploration of their work as well as through discussions the student should show understanding of the knowledge of color theory and the terms associated with the project.


The student showed some knowledge of color theory and did some exploring in within their skernals.

The student applied some color theory and remained mostly engaged in their discoveries.

When asked quick questions at the end of class, the student showed some retention of information on Tim Burton.

Through the exploration of their work and through discussions, the student should show some understanding of the knowledge of color theory and the other terms associated with the project.

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