BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Adirondack Leaf Animals
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Grade: 5 - 7th grade
Class: Art
Author: Terry Huff
Potsdam Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryCulture & The Arts
Performance Indicators:

Art 1: Students will use a variety of art materials, processes, mediums, and techniques, and use appropriate technologies for creating and exhibiting visual art works.

Keywords: Adirondack animals, Adirondack trees
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How might we use leaves from trees common to the Adirondacks to create a realistic image in a display about an animal from the same region?
Context:

In preparation for this challenge, students should do the following:

  • With the help of your teacher, get a partner to work with you on this project
  • Together, research information about the types of trees and animals that are both common and native to the Adirondacks. Select one of these animals that is of interest to you.

Collect several examples of the Fall leaves you've learned are native to the Adirondacks and bring them to class.

The Challenge:

With your partner, create an aesthetically pleasing and informative  display that shows us the Adirondack animal you have selected. Your display must be composed of the following elements:

  • A recognizable image of the animal that is no smaller than a 9 x 12 " piece of drawing paper. This image must be made up of the leaves you have collected that are native to the Adirondacks (see suggestions for construction below)
  • A written description about the animal that is composed of complete sentences and includes at least two facts about the animal and how it lives in the Adirondacks.
  • Drawings that accurately depict three different kinds of leaves native to the Adirondacks that you used to create the image of the animal in your display. Each drawing must be labeled with the proper name of the tree/leaf.

Your animal should be constructed on tagboard, properly dried, and matted. You will have _____ to complete your work.

Suggestions for construction:

  • Collect and prepare fresh fall leaves by soaking then in warm water and drying between newspaper, flatten with heavy book.
  • Make a contour drawing of the animal to use as a guide for creating the animal with leaves. The animal should fill a 9x12" piece of drawing paper.
  • Prepare a 9x12" piece of tagboard with a simple watercolor background.
  • Lightly draw the Adirondack animal onto the watercolored paper.
  • Arrange leaves (do not tear or cut leaves to fit) on the drawing to create the animal.
  • Glue leaves using slightly watered down white (Elmers) glue with a brush.
  • Mat and label, dry project
  • Flatten project under pressure (heavy book, box of clay, etc.) throughout the process. Project may be sprayed with matte clear acrylic sealer.

Arts Forever Wild Project

Quality Standards:

 Display

  • Work is completed on time - Leaves and animal depicted are common and native to the Adirondacks
  • Display of animal is recognizable and aesthetically pleasing
  • Display is no less than 9 x 12" in size - Description of animal is written in full sentences
  • Description of animal includes at least two facts about how the animal lives in the Adirondacks
  • Drawings of leaves are labeled with correct indentification of the tree/leaf
  •  Drawing of leaves accurately depicts shape & other characteristics of the leaf
  • Final work is matted properly

 Examples of Student Work

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Work is completed on time

5

Leaves and animal depicted are common and native to the Adirondacks

15

Display of animal is recognizable and aesthetically pleasing

20

Display is no less than 9 x 12" in size

10

Description of animal is written in full sentences

10

Description of animal includes at least two facts about how the animal lives in the Adirondacks

15

Drawings of leaves are labeled with correct indentification of the tree/leaf

10

Drawing of leaves accurately depicts shape & other characteristics of the leaf

10

Final work is dried and matted properly

5

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