Camouflaged Creatures; Making Murals with Young Students

Session 3: Grades K-2

Help your students learn about how and why animals camouflage in their environment. Learn how to help your students create an ecosystem mural, then create imaginary camouflaged inhabitants of that environment. Gain insight into integrating descriptive writing and science with visual art. We will be creating our own mural as we discuss the process of organization, time and supply management for a large, visual-arts project with young children.

Plastic Pollution; An Interdisciplinary Mural Project

Session 5: Grades 3-6

Help your students create teaser posters, an environmental art mural, and informational follow-up posters to educate the school population about plastic pollution dangers. Gain insights into teaching your students about teamwork, community service, building a collection, and curating and displaying a collection. Learn about environmental art and mural art. Potential integration topics include the science behind plastics, ecosystems, environmental stewardship, and informational writing and illustrations. We will build a collaborative mural of our own as we discuss the logistics of a large interdisciplinary visual-arts/science/social-studies/language-arts project.

KateKate Watson

Kate is an elementary visual art teacher in Alpine School District. She has been teaching for 19 years and has a k-12 visual arts endorsement on her teaching license, a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and a master’s of art in art education. She works closely with the grade level teachers at Harvest Elementary to create integrated lessons that incorporate visual arts with math, science, social studies, and language arts through her connection to the Beverley Taylor Sorenson grant program. In addition, she teaches design thinking through studio habits and a choice-based classroom approach. Kate is also an artist in her personal life. She is a portrait artist, creates pottery, and makes fiber art.