Full Length Lesson Plans from an Elementary School Teacher
Art Lesson Plan: Handprinted Card
- pencil eraser
- black paint or black-inked stamp pad
- fine-tip black pen
- fold 8 1/2″ X 11″ paper into 4 OR re-use end pieces of white bristolboard, folded in half OR pieces of white cardboard found inside bought shirts or undershirts.
- using ink or paint, stamp three black dots, touching each other, using a pencil eraser, or your finger
- with pen, add antennae, a V-shape with two small dots at the end of them, then add three legs on each side of the centre dot (6 total).
- use fingerprints to make other figures (Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book is excellent). For a bird, put your thumbprint horizontal, put a beak on the right, a reverse “3” for a tail on the left, a reverse “3” for wings on the body, between the beak and the tail, then add 2 sticks for legs at the bottom, adding a small “7” touching his left foot, and a small reversed “7” touching his right foot to make his toes. For a Christmas Santa, make your thumbprint vertical, add 2 double horizontal lines just above the centre of the print, add a pompom on top of the print for his hat, make a smiley face with 2 dots for eyes and a smiling mouth in the bottom part of the fingerprint, then make a beard outside of the fingerprint by starting at the left outside corner of the fingerprint touching the bottom hat line, and going around and around like a curly loopy line, on the outside edge, continuing his beard around to the right side and finishing at the bottom hat line on the right side. A bunny for Easter can be made by putting 2 thumbprints horizontally, one on top of the other, adding 2 floppy ears on the top print and dot eyes with the “u” shaped nose sitting on top of the 2 larger “U” shapes for the cheeks drawn down from the centre of his nose. Add 3 whiskers on each side of the cheeks, a cotton ball tail on one side of the bottom print, along with 2 small “u” s for each of his feet, under the bottom fingerprint. For Valentine’s Day, a heart is made by overlapping 2 tilting-outward vertical fingerprints, joined at the bottom, then adding an arrow through them.
- Have students practise their rhyming/writing by making a verse or poem for inside, in their best printing or handwriting.***Stress RE-USING pieces of cardboard to create new and useful cards.***
This project is one of Ten Easy Environmentally-Friendly Arts and Crafts Projects:
- Coasters: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
- Pencil Holder: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
- Magazine Holder: for siblings, friends, parents
- Shell Butterfly Magnet/Brooch/Barrette: for siblings, friends, parents… (symmetry)
- Bird Feeders: for anyone
- Twig Picture Frame: for anyone
- Handprinted Card: for anyone
- Tin Can Stilt Walkers: for anyone
- Goldfish Bowl: for anyone
- Pop Bottle Terrarium: for anyone